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From The Socialist newspaper, 26 May 2010
Fighting university cuts
On 18 May, there was a demonstration of about 200 people at the main campus of the University of Glamorgan in south Wales, with smaller demonstrations held at another two campuses. The demonstration was called by the Unison trade union in response to a proposed 40 compulsory redundancies.
It wasn't just Unison members in attendance but members of UCU, GMB and plenty of students as well.
The turnout of students was particularly impressive as it was not announced on the student union website until just before the event.
But the job cuts are not limited to the 40 amongst Unison members. Jobs are threatened amongst other university staff. The fact that at short notice over 200 attended a demonstration during the exam period shows there are a lot of people willing to be a part of a campaign to defend jobs.
There needs to be a co-ordinated campaign from all trade unions on campus - Unison, UCU, GMB, and the students union.
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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.
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In The Socialist 26 May 2010:
Millionaire ministers butcher public services
Con-Dem cuts - 'only the beginning'
National Shop Stewards Network
National Shop Stewards Network conference: Time to organise against con/dem attacks
Support BA Cabin Crew
Socialist Party news and analysis
Royal Mail not for sale
NHS cuts: The Con-Dem sting in the tail
Sri Lanka: One year after the war
Socialist Party national committee discusses building the fightback
Socialist Party workplace news
PCS conference: Preparing for action
Local government: Where's our pay award for 2010?
Fighting university cuts
Workplace news in brief
Young people: organise to fight the cuts
Socialist Party National Youth meeting
School student socialist
'Sussex Six' result
Students must pay, say the rich
Pamphlet: Our Education Under Attack: why a mass campaign is needed
Socialist Party feature
London 2012 Olympics: A big business spectacle
International socialist news and analysis
Greece: 2,500 hear Socialist MEP Joe Higgins declare week of action
Romania: Mass protests against EU/IMF deal
Puerto Rico: Students and workers fight austerity cuts
Education under attack: Con-Dem government prepares for battle
Unions must defend public services
Tory government says rich must pay less
Diane Abbott and the Labour Party leadership battle
The Socialist 26 May 2010 |
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