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From The Socialist newspaper, 1 December 2021
Stop the cuts to Uni arts funding
Socialist Students join protests in Bristol. Photo: Bristol SP (Click to enlarge)
Nicholas Clare, Bristol Socialist Students
On 24 November, 60 people protested at the University of Bristol against government cuts to university arts funding. I spoke at the demonstration, representing Socialist Students.
I highlighted the intersection between the struggles of university workers, and their upcoming University and College Union (UCU) strike action (see back page and page 7), and their students. All share the receiving end of the marketisation of education.
Socialist Party member Tom Baldwin explained how the fight against marketisation and profit-driven universities can only be won by solidarity with workers, and fighting for a socialist plan for democratic workers' ownership and control of the economy.
The Students Against Cuts campaign then led the demonstration on a march through the city centre.
The public were in support of our march. However every lane of traffic was unnecessarily blocked which meant some public support was lessened, and a number of students left before the end of the march.
This is not the end of the campaign however. Socialist Students will continue to work to oppose cuts, fees and marketisation. This includes giving our full support to UCU strikers at Bristol on 1-3 December.
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In The Socialist 1 December 2021:
Covid-19: New variant emerges but same old capitalist disease
27 dead in channel migrant tragedy
Bulb bailed out, nationalise energy to solve price crisis
Khan threatens further London transport cuts
Kickstart scheme 'insufficient and flawed'
Tories strengthen repressive laws
After COP26: where next for the climate movement?
Argentine elections see deepening polarisation
Wales: The Labour-Plaid Cymru agreement - jam tomorrow, maybe
Behind the rural idyll - the problems of everyday life
NHS workers - vote yes for action to win a decent pay rise
Staff and students unite against university bosses' attacks
UCU higher education disputes
Education unions lead campaign against Leicester academisation
RMT strikes against abolition of night tube train operators
South Yorkshire Stagecoach drivers strike against measly 1% pay offer
Nottingham and Mansfield trade unions rally against cuts and for better pay
Oaks Park school strike ends following forced concessions
East London mass non-payment wins housing victory
Marching to stop violence against women
Housing campaigners protest CEO champagners
Building a political alternative to Tory and Labour cuts
Stop the cuts to Uni arts funding
Plymouth: Hundreds attend vigil for Bobbi-Anne McLeod
Socialism 2021: How we reached our fighting fund appeal target
End fuel poverty
TV review: Valley of the Tears
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