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From The Socialist newspaper, 4 February 2015

Rebuilding the student movement in Leicester

Leicester March for Free Education, January 2015, photo by Caroline Vincent

Leicester March for Free Education, January 2015, photo by Caroline Vincent   (Click to enlarge)

Caroline Vincent

"Students and workers, unite and fight!" was the chant that summed up the spirit of the Leicester March for Free Education. With support from local anti-cuts councillors, environmentalists and trade un-ionists, student activists took to the streets to build the movement to end austerity.

Reclaim

"We're leading the struggle against fees, cuts and privatisation," said one organiser from Socialist Students. "We aim to rebuild the student movement and reclaim our student unions and National Union of Students as fighting organisations."

TUSC councillor Wayne Naylor added his wholehearted support, saying "Education should be a right and not a privilege. Quality education should be available for everyone, regardless of their income."

Another student said: "We're fighting for education that is fully funded, publicly owned, democratically run and universally free at all levels. We're fighting for a socialist education system."

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

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In The Socialist 4 February 2015:


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Get organised and fight back

NHS crisis: Establishment parties can't be trusted

Fracking in trouble, from Lancashire to Lanarkshire!

Death, taxes and energy profits

Hands off our housing benefit!

Them & Us


International socialist news and analysis

Cuba: Capitalist restoration threat accelerates

Greece: Syriza announces anti-austerity policies

Victory of the Marigold gloves


Socialist Party workplace news

Fighting for one London bus pay rate

Strike called off in face of inadequate pay offer

FBU recall conference: escalate pensions action!

Ferry workers win pay and conditions battle

National Gallery workers walk out against privatisation

Lambeth College strikers return to work

Ongoing battle to protect pay and conditions at college


Socialist Party reports and campaigns

Londoners march for Homes

Academies victory: one down, four to go!

Rebuilding the student movement in Leicester

Gateshead fights for working class heritage

Election appeal 2015

Campaigns news in brief


Readers' comments

Why I joined the Socialist Party

At least we got Labour's fish and chips!

Disciplined for political comment


Socialist history

Miners' strike: vibrant array of support groups


 

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