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Workers' Liberty students - what we do, how to get involved

If you're a student attracted to revolutionary socialist ideas who wants to join or work with a serious, thoughtful, principled, active Marxist organisation - this is for you.

Why a revolutionary workers' organisation organises among students

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Labour and free education

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Cosmo Seamus

NCAFC activist Cosmo Seamus explains why the Labour Party’s manifesto commitment to free education and a National Education Service is important and badly needed.

NCAFC activist Cosmo Seamus explains why the Labour Party’s manifesto commitment to free education and a National Education Service is important and badly needed.

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Industrial news in brief

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Gemma Short, Charlotte Zalens and Peggy Carter

Cinema workers at East Dulwich Picturehouse in south London will strike on Saturday 27 May to coincide with the opening of the new Pirates of the Caribbean film. Workers at the other cinemas involved in the dispute have just voted for further strikes, and will be on strike on 3-4 June to coincide with the Sundance Film Festival, which Picturehouse hosts.

Cinema workers protest at Cineworld AGM; Argos warehouse workers strike; students support lecturers’ strike; train companies threaten striking guards; LSE threatens cleaners; school strikes suspended.

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HE Bill passed, keep fighting

Parliament rushed through the Higher Education and Research Bill — the legislative vehicle for their ruinous agenda of fee-raising, university-privatising reforms — through to Royal Assent on 27 April in advance of the snap General Election.

NUS needs to organise all this under the banner of an unequivocal political demand: a free, democratic, universal National Education Service.

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Student union rights under attack over BDS campaigns

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Ben Tausz

The Charity Commission is investigating a number of student unions for their policies on boycotting Israel and may take action against them, amid right-wing calls for such boycotts to be banned.

The Charity Commission is investigating student unions with policies on boycotting Israel amid right-wing calls for such boycotts to be banned.

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Why students and youth should vote Labour

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Rosalind Robson

If the opinion polls are correct, Labour is solidly ahead of the Tories among potential voters under 40 years old. Among women under 40, 42 per cent favour Labour, against 27 per cent for the Tories. Unfortunately, these same people are less likely to vote. What’s going on?

Students who support Labour have an important job to do in getting their fellow students to do the same.

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“Anti-left” grouping gains among students

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Ruaraidh Anderson

A well organised coalition of aggrieved and right-leaning candidates prevailed against the left at this year’s conference of the National Union of Students (25-28 April). After three years of substantial shifts to the left on policy in the student movement, the mood of left delegates was, at times, one of exasperation and sadness.

A student left which focusses on building grassroots campaigns and organising through democratic structures, which has genuine political debate, is a left which will grow and become more and more politically sharp.

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Open up the student movement!

The National Union of Students Conference takes place from 25-27 April in Brighton and, once again, we will be in attendance.

It promises to be three days of constant campaigning, debating and flogging Solidarity and other publications. Malia Bouattia is re-standing for President against two right-wing candidates.

The National Union of Students Conference takes place from 25-27 April in Brighton.

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Government starts student loan sell-off

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Mike Zubrowski

The government has begun the sale of the assets of the Student Loans Company. It claims this will save public money without making graduates pay back more, and without changing their terms and conditions. This seems unlikely.

The fear of being saddled with astronomical student debt already puts many working-class people off going to university. Making what many fear seem more likely — that those in debt will later be made to repay more than they initially agreed — can only exacerbate the barriers to education.

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A trip to Israel and Palestine

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Omar Raii, NUS Executive, personal capacity

Last year I visited two countries — Israel and Palestine — about which I had discussed so much and yet seen so little. On a four-day trip organised by the Union of Jewish Students we visited different parts of Israel, including the Golan Heights, and made a short sojourn to Palestine, mainly Ramallah.

Israel has a lot of seemingly incongruous things coexisting: Arabs, Muslims and Christians, religious and secular Jews, LGBT people, hard-right nationalists and liberal vegans.

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