The scandal of research assessment and insecure employment at our universities

As the current academic term ends and studies conclude for another generation of undergraduate students, work carries on for the thousands of staff employed at universities and higher education colleges across the country. Just last year, figures from the Higher Education Statistics Agency, analysed and released by UCU, revealed the true precarious conditions many of Read more about The scandal of research assessment and insecure employment at our universities[…]

The bedding crisis and privatisation of mental health

The Norfolk and Suffolk Foundation Trust (NSFT), the provider of most mental health services in Norfolk and Suffolk, has recently seen a drop of 25% in the number of mental health beds. Patients are being sent to facilities out of the area, including private hospitals, which meant the NSFT had to go £3.5m over budget Read more about The bedding crisis and privatisation of mental health[…]

Save our Statute at Warwick

Within the context of already tense relations between students, academics and the management at the University of Warwick, the effective removal of provisions contained in statute 24 of the University’s constitution marks a new attack by the management on academia. What is this “statute 24” and what is its significance? Statutes in general form basic Read more about Save our Statute at Warwick[…]

The real mood in society after Grenfell

Below is a report from a Marxist student who attended the demonstration that stormed Kensington and Chelsea town hall last week. It gives an accurate picture of the mood of class fury that there is following the horrific Grenfell fire. Furious members of the North Kensington community, led by the youth stormed into Kensington & Read more about The real mood in society after Grenfell[…]

Victory for LSE cleaners! Workers’ struggle vindicated!

Cleaners at the London School of Economics have won a significant victory today, as university bosses conceded to their demands to bring all cleaning services in-house ‒ resulting in a significant improvement to working conditions. The largely immigrant and ethnic minority workforce of cleaning staff at LSE was formerly employed by private sector parasites Noonan, Read more about Victory for LSE cleaners! Workers’ struggle vindicated![…]

Justice for workers – shame on SOAS – la lucha continua!

12 June was the 8th anniversary of the forcible deportation of 9 SOAS workers. This day has since become one of commemoration in the SOAS community, in order to condemn what was a horrific attack on the staff. Yet it was on the anniversary of these events that SOAS management once again proved itself to Read more about Justice for workers – shame on SOAS – la lucha continua![…]

SOAS management offices occupied by J4W campaigners – rally today!

Yesterday, on 12 June, SOAS Justice For Workers campaigners had decided that enough is enough, and bravely decided to take a direct action and occupy the first floor offices of the university management. The action was decided on immediately after Elior, the outsourcing company contracted by SOAS, had issued a letter to its workers announcing Read more about SOAS management offices occupied by J4W campaigners – rally today![…]

Youthquake hits Britain

“This can’t be real” ‒ four words on the lips of the political establishment as the exit polls flashed up on television screens across the country. By the end of the night, the projections were confirmed: an ‘unelectable’ socialist had denied Theresa May majority control of the Commons. What went wrong? How did the Tories Read more about Youthquake hits Britain[…]

Live updates and Marxist analysis after the General Election

Live updates of commentary and analysis from Marxists around the country after yesterday’s General Election: ———— This election result confirms the process that is going on around the world of a growing polarisation. Workers and young people are looking for political leadership and either forming radical mass movements or as in Britain transforming existing parties Read more about Live updates and Marxist analysis after the General Election[…]

“Ye are many – they are few” – vote Labour today! Fight for socialism!

Here’s a collection of thoughts and analysis from revolutionary Marxists all over the country: Last night Jeremy Corbyn concluded seven weeks of General Election campaigning with his 90th rally, in front of hundreds of people in Islington – his home constituency. Football-style chants filled the air in the Union Chapel on Highbury Corner before, during Read more about “Ye are many – they are few” – vote Labour today! Fight for socialism![…]

The case for abolishing tuition fees: for a socialist Labour government!

The establishment press have accused Jeremy Corbyn of trying to take Britain back to the 1970s. To many students, however, whose parents were able to study with a maintenance grant and no tuition fees, this will sound like a shining endorsement! The Labour manifesto pledge to scrap tuition fees – effectively immediately for all new Read more about The case for abolishing tuition fees: for a socialist Labour government![…]

Tower Hamlets rallies against education cuts

“We can’t let them take our future away! We can’t be pawns for their political ideas!” These were the words of a fourteen-year-old girl to a crowd of hundreds of parents, teachers and school students who gathered in Mile End park yesterday afternoon, to rally against education cuts in the London borough of Tower Hamlets. Read more about Tower Hamlets rallies against education cuts[…]