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From The Socialist newspaper, 24 September 2014

Round up: Socialist Students at the freshers fairs

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Manchester

Socialist Students ran campaign stalls every day of the University of Manchester freshers fair, campaigning for a 10 an hour minimum wage. We signed up 110 students to the society over the week as well as raising 48.

21 people attended our first 'what is socialism?' meeting. We discussed our aims and policies, and what we have done in the last year in the Manchester area.

We asked what campaigns students would be interested in. Many said they would like to be involved in the Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition campaign for the general election.

Some were so enthusiastic to get involved that the following weekend they joined us on an anti-fracking demonstration.

Bridget Russell

Bradford

Socialist Students held a stall outside Bradford University on the first day of freshers week to campaign for a 10 an hour minimum wage and sign people up to join Socialist Students. We met many students having to work part-time to make ends meet, who agreed with us when we pointed out that multinationals like McDonalds could easily afford 10 an hour.

In the evening we held a 'what is socialism?' meeting, where several new people came. Despite only planning an hour long meeting, discussion went on much later as we covered issues from the Scottish independence referendum to the housing crisis.

We are determined to make a breakthrough this year and set up an official Socialist Students society.

Iain Dalton

Westminster

At the post freshers fair 'what is socialism?' meeting we discussed the Islamic State, Scotland and $15 Now's historic victory. Three people bought tickets to Socialism 2014 and activists made plans to hand in the paperwork to become an affiliated society next week.

Helen Pattison

Queen Mary

120 people signed up. On the day of the Scottish referendum we had a poster saying "Vote Yes and fight for socialism" which got a lot of interest and sparked debate. We sold ten copies of Megaphone (the Socialist Students magazine) and four copies of the Socialist. We plan to work with the LGBT+ society to show Pride next term and are working with the film society to show Spirt of 45. One student bought a ticket to Socialism 2014.

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In The Socialist 24 September 2014:


Socialist Party news and analysis

We need 10 an hour now!

Labour to continue austerity offensive

Climate change: Summit for nothing

Academies lead to nepotism and profit making

Them & Us


Scottish referendum

1.6 million vote Yes in revolt against austerity

After Scotland revolt: all capitalist parties in crisis

Scotland Poll: Electric mood among YES supporters


International socialist news and analysis

Millions on streets for Catalan independence

Sweden: Conservatives collapse, extreme-right gains


Socialist Party workplace news

United strike action can win

NHS workers vote to strike

College lecturers join 14 October strike

Care UK: 'We'll fight them all the way'

Croydon leisure centre strike for decent wages

West Midlands fire engine cuts

Workplace news in brief


Socialist Party reports and campaigns

Tenants threatened by 'feudal lord'

Global day of eco action

Round up: Socialist Students at the freshers fairs


Socialist Party comments and reviews

The struggle for decent social care - a personal account

Tony Benn: Will and testament

Obvious Child

Skylight

Front row fury


 

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