National Union of Students

Students: unite and renew the student movement

Submitted by SJW on 30 May, 2018 - 10:42 Author: Workers' Liberty students
UCU strike demo

The conference of the National Campaign Against Fees and Cuts is being held in Sheffield on 8-10 June.

The conference follows a series of important industrial disputes in education — for lecturers’ pensions and against the destruction of further education — from which the National Union of Students has been shamefully absent. Those disputes form the background for our discussions.

A groundswell of solidarity from local student activist groups, Labour Clubs and others showed meaningful support for the strike where the NUS failed. This needs to be built on.

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USS strike ballot: Vote No!

Submitted by SJW on 10 April, 2018 - 8:09 Author: a UCU member

University and College Union members are voting on a deal that would see strikes in over sixty universities called off in return for an independent review of pension provision. Voting ends on 16 April.

Fourteen days of strike action in February and March forced university bosses UUK to ditch a plan to end guaranteed pensions. But now strikers are being asked to put their trust in a process that may produce nothing better.

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NUS Conference 2018: defeat the right, fight for left-wing, militant leadership
Demo pic
AWLTue, 27/03/2018 - 12:09

At last year’s National Union of Students conference, NUS’s broadly leftish leadership was displaced by a new, mostly more right-wing team of officers. President Malia Bouattia, whose re-election we critically supported, lost to incumbent Shakira Martin.

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"There is a world beyond the campus" - Vote Sahaya James for NUS President
Vote Sahaya James for NUS President
SJWWed, 14/03/2018 - 12:00

Students don’t live in hermetically sealed containers, undisturbed by the oppression and exploitation around the world. Yet too often student unions behave as if they do.

We constantly hear the rhetoric of the “average student” concerned only with the costs of printing and nights out, as if campuses aren’t implicated in the injustices which define our society.

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Student and workers say #NoCapitulation - Support the strikes!
No capitulation
SJWTue, 13/03/2018 - 16:08

Student occupiers, anti cuts activists and UCU members from across the UK spoke to Workers' Liberty

Bristol students occupation

An occupation of Bristol University Senior Management’s offices has forced the university to concede to most of their demands. A Bristol Uni occupier writes...

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The left's programme in the National Union of Students

Submitted by AWL on 27 February, 2018 - 12:15

The National Campaign Against Fees and Cuts published proposals for the left to raise in and around the National Union of Students. Workers' Liberty was involved in drafting these proposals but, having discussed further, would like to suggest some additions. NCAFC publishing a programme is a useful basis for discussion in the student movement beyond NUS conference too.


The government's review and the student movement

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NUS: Unite the student left

Submitted by Matthew on 7 February, 2018 - 2:30 Author: Ruaridh Anderson
Unite the student left

NUS Conference 2018 will be marked by a showdown between the left and the right.

The left wing of conference will be made up of students whose politics centre on the Corbyn surge: supporters of the Labour left and socialism, however defined. The rightwing president Shakira Martin has distanced herself from this left, instead organising a high-profile review of Further Education with Vince Cable, the Lib-Dem bigwig whose party oversaw the tripling of tuition fees when it was last in government in 2009.

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Left stands for NUS President

Submitted by Matthew on 31 January, 2018 - 11:34

University of the Arts Student Union Campaigns Officer Sahaya James is standing for President of the National Union of Students. She was one of the organisers of the “Free Education – Tax the Rich” demonstration in November 2017.

This month’s edition of Clarion magazine interviewed Sahaya, where she explained why she was standing.

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