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From The Socialist newspaper, 22 September 2016
Rip-off fees... austerity... rent hikes...
Why you should become a socialist student!
Socialist Students marching for free education, photo by Scott Jones (Click to enlarge)
Gareth Bromhall, Swansea
Since the financial crisis of 2007-2008 and after six years of crippling Tory austerity, students find themselves facing the prospect of being worse off than the previous generation.
This has undoubtedly led to an increase in political activity with movements such as #BlackLivesMatter, rent strikes, strikes over pay, occupations taking place and demonstrations against racism, the prevent agenda, cuts, homophobia, sexism and war happening on campuses across the country.
Increased austerity and the threat of the higher education white paper looming mean that struggle on campuses is set to reach fever pitch.
Socialist Party members have been at the forefront of many of these struggles.
We have also been some of the strongest defenders of Jeremy Corbyn and more importantly the politics and ideas that have led to the movement behind him.
After suffering under a zero-hour contract for five years with no rights as a care worker; after experiencing health issues and seeing the NHS and public services decimated by cuts; after seeing massive rises in tuition fees and the increased marketisation of my education - I can see the need to fight back. I can see the need for real socialist change.
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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.
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In The Socialist 22 September 2016:
What we think
Labour party needs democratic structures and socialist policies
Socialist Party news and analysis
#KeepCorbyn: Fight workhouse conditions
NHS chiefs warn cuts mean rationing or charges
Fund smaller classes - not new grammars
Benefit cap could shut 67% of women's refuges
Them & Us
What We Saw
International socialist news and analysis
New 'strongman' president threatens martial law - while leaning on left parties for support
International news in brief
Socialist Party feature
Obesity crisis: government strategy offers no solution
Workplace news and analysis
Westbourne Park bus dispute continues
NSSN lobby of the TUC: an urgent time for our movement
Library workers defeat Tory cuts
Thousands of Post Office workers to strike against job losses
Southern Rail dispute update
Workplace news in brief
Socialist Party youth and students
Why you should become a socialist student!
Students and workers unite to cut rents
Why I joined the Socialist Party
Join the Socialist Party - join the fightback
Socialist readers' comments and reviews
Fighting fascism with motorbike stunts
The Socialist inbox
Socialist Party reports and campaigns
Labour loses byelection but Corbyn isn't the problem
Protest against closure of vital heart unit
Socialist Party members join disability rights week of action
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