Join the Socialist Party Join us today!

Printable version Printable version

Facebook   Twitter

Link to this page: https://secure.socialistparty.org.uk/issue/714/14361

From The Socialist newspaper, 18 April 2012

NUS needs a fighting leadership

Edmund Schluessel

Members of the National Union of Students (NUS), the only UK-wide collective organisation students have, must decide at NUS national conference this week whether NUS will take serious measures in the fight against attacks on our education or vanish into bureaucratic irrelevance.

2010's 52,000-strong London demonstration on 10 November showed the potential NUS has to mobilise the student movement. The wave of occupations which followed showed students wanted more. But as with the anti-war movement in 2003, a demonstration was never going to be enough.

The NUS leadership was and is lacking. It is bound to the Labour Party at the throat and waist. NUS leadership squandered the opportunity to build on 10 November by committing to support trade unionists, even our own lecturers, in their own ongoing fight against public sector cuts.

Fees tripled

This September will see the overwhelming majority of university students paying tripled tuition fees. College students, already cut off from the financial support provided by EMA, now face cuts to bus passes as local councils join the game of passing on the cuts to ordinary people.

An unliveable minimum wage has fallen further behind crippling inflation while the million unemployed young people are set to be joined by thousands more over the summer.

I am standing for the NUS national executive, with Lizi Gray. Lizi told the Socialist: "I'm standing for the NEC as an FE student currently seeing and experiencing the brutal effects of Con-Dem austerity in our classrooms and communities.

"When the government first announced it was scrapping EMA and tripling fees, I immediately began work organising in my college to fight these outrageous attacks. I was one of the many thousands of students who walked out and protested even after the NUS leadership had succumbed to the cowardice of refusing to organise action.

"Since then, I've continued fighting for ordinary young people. As a member of Youth Fight for Jobs I recently took part in the 300 mile 'Jarrow march', highlighting the scandal of mass youth unemployment. I've organised Newcastle 'Slutwalk' taking up the disgusting culture seen in much of the establishment of 'blaming the victim' in cases of rape or violence against women.

"I'm standing in this election because I want to see an NUS leadership as determined to fight as its members. As a socialist, I stand for a society run for and by the 99%.

"I say that there is enough money to fund free, high quality education for all, with EMA and living grants available, the problem is that it's currently in the hands of the 1%.

"In contrast to the likes of Labour Students, I don't accept that 'some pain is necessary' or 'cuts have to be made'. I say make the rich pay for their own crisis. We deserve a future!"

Vote Edmund Schluessel #1 and Lizi Gray (FE) for Block of 15 for a fighting NUS.

Socialist Students calls on the NUS leadership to:

Donate to the Socialist Party

Coronavirus crisis - Finance appeal

The coronavirus crisis has laid bare the class character of society in numerous ways. It is making clear to many that it is the working class that keeps society running, not the CEOs of major corporations.

The results of austerity have been graphically demonstrated as public services strain to cope with the crisis.

The government has now ripped up its 'austerity' mantra and turned to policies that not long ago were denounced as socialist. But after the corona crisis, it will try to make the working class pay for it, by trying to claw back what has been given.

  • The Socialist Party's material is more vital than ever, so we can continue to report from workers who are fighting for better health and safety measures, against layoffs, for adequate staffing levels, etc.
  • Our 'fighting coronavirus workers' charter', outlines a programme to combat the virus and protect workers' living conditions.
  • When the health crisis subsides, we must be ready for the stormy events ahead and the need to arm workers' movements with a socialist programme - one which puts the health and needs of humanity before the profits of a few.
Inevitably, during the crisis we have not been able to sell the Socialist and raise funds in the ways we normally would.
We therefore urgently appeal to all our viewers to donate to our special coronavirus appeal.

Please donate here.

All payments are made through a secure server.

My donation

 

Your message: 

 


In The Socialist 18 April 2012:


Socialist Party news and analysis

Strike on 10 May! Vote TUSC on 3 May!

10 May strike will re-ignite pensions battle

Scrap the act! Unions must call national demo to save NHS

The revolting philanthropy of the filthy rich

Welsh government slashes student grants

NUS needs a fighting leadership

Clegg's text message plans make us LOL!

Them & Us


Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition

On 3 May use your vote to: Shake up politics and fight all cuts!

Vote Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition (TUSC) on 3 May

Come and hear TUSC candidates standing in your area


Socialist Party workplace news

Re-elect the PCS fighting leadership

Usdaw conference

Health service pensions - reject the deal - coordinated action needed

Changing the trade unions into combative organisations


Socialist history

1932 - mass trespass won the right to roam


Socialist Party reports and campaigns

Pro-choice action in Worthing

No to cuts: make the bosses pay!

Disabled people fighting back

Success at Varndean College, Brighton

Obituary: Arthur Deane


International socialist news and analysis

USA: An 'inspiring vibrant movement'

Tunisia: Brutal government crackdown on protesters will backfire


Reviews and Comment

Grim toll for hidden police racism

The Hunger Games


 

Home   |   The Socialist 18 April 2012   |   Join the Socialist Party

Subscribe   |   Donate   |   PDF  




Related links:

NUS:

triangleHow students can fight and win

triangleLincoln Uni NUS disaffiliation: a question of on-campus democracy

triangle'Reforms' hollow out the NUS

triangleReject the rotten NUS 'reforms'

triangleSocialist Students LJMU victory

Students:

triangleYoung Socialists and Socialist Students day of action

triangleWhat would socialist universities look like?

triangleA socialist programme for schools

triangleTV: The school that tried to end racism

Cuts:

triangleUnite union branch pledges to support socialist candidates who oppose cuts

triangleCaerphilly & RCT Socialist Party: How to fight the cuts

triangleFighting for over 250 jobs that are under threat at the Wales Millennium Centre in Cardiff. Photo M Kamish

EMA:

triangleCorbyn's alternative for young people

triangleJarrow March: an inspiring show of solidarity between workers and youth

News and socialist analysis

News and socialist analysis

5/8/20

Coronavirus

Tories' obesity plans - blaming individuals not the profit system

5/8/20

Coronavirus

Capitalism's 'vaccine war' shows need for socialist cooperation

5/8/20

Labour Party

Labour payouts: unions must discuss political representation

5/8/20

Coronavirus

NHS pay: 15% for all now

5/8/20

Coronavirus

From first wave to second? Capitalism's Covid failures

5/8/20

Universities

What would socialist universities look like?

22/7/20

China

Huawei: what's behind Johnson's u-turn?

22/7/20

Coronavirus

Fight for our livelihoods... Fight for our lives!

22/7/20

Music

Saving the music industry from pandemic and austerity

22/7/20

Luton

Luton Council sunk by airport investment: fight for funding, not speculation!

22/7/20

The Socialist

Getting the Socialist over the summer

22/7/20

Coronavirus

Fight for the NHS

22/7/20

NHS

Tories using pandemic to privatise NHS more

22/7/20

Them & Us

Them & Us

22/7/20

Steel

Nationalise Tata Steel to save jobs

triangleMore News and socialist analysis articles...


Join the Socialist Party
Subscribe to Socialist Party publications
Donate to the Socialist Party
Socialist Party Facebook page
Socialist Party on Twitter
Visit us on Youtube

LATEST POSTS

CONTACT US

Phone our national office on 020 8988 8777

Email: info@socialistparty.org.uk

Locate your nearest Socialist Party branch Text your name and postcode to 07761 818 206

Regional Socialist Party organisers:

Eastern: 079 8202 1969

East Mids: 077 3797 8057

London: 075 4018 9052

North East: 078 4114 4890

North West 079 5437 6096

South West: 077 5979 6478

Southern: 078 3368 1910

Wales: 079 3539 1947

West Mids: 024 7655 5620

Yorkshire: 077 0671 0041

ABOUT US

ARCHIVE

Alphabetical listing


August 2020

July 2020

June 2020

May 2020

April 2020

March 2020

February 2020

January 2020

2019

2018

2017

2016

2015

2014

2013

2012

2011

2010

2009

2008

2007

2006

2005

2004

2003

2002

2001

2000

1999