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NUS Conference 2017: Day three round-up

The last day of the NUS national conference saw intense factional fighting over a democratic reform motion, capping off an intensely divided conference. After speeches decrying the underhanded and at times aggressive tactics of campaigners, including personal attacks and racism, as well as an impassioned warning against depoliticisation, conference discussed a motion that aimed at Read more about NUS Conference 2017: Day three round-up[…]

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NUS Conference 2017: Day two round-up

Incumbent Malia Bouattia loses to Shakira Martin for NUS president after only a year in power! Martin drew attention to her professionalism, expert research, unity and credibility in representing further education, working with institutions to win reforms etc. Making a big U-turn from her left-wing credentials in the past year, she has shared a platform Read more about NUS Conference 2017: Day two round-up[…]

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NUS Conference 2017: Day one round-up

Developments on first day of conference: Speeches from a founder of Black Lives Matter, and a Syrian refugee, along with a clip demonstrating the dangers refugees face in travelling to the West. Delegates voted to educate and mobilise around the general election, register voters, educate students on key issues and pressure politicians (with an amendment Read more about NUS Conference 2017: Day one round-up[…]

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NUS Conference 2017 begins in Brighton: Expect daily updates from Marxist Student

Student delegates from all over the country have arrived in Brighton for the National Union of Students’ annual conference. With the recent shock announcement of a snap general election and rekindled controversy over alleged antisemitism, this promises to be an explosive event. Motions up for debate include proposals to defend political organisation on campus, fight Read more about NUS Conference 2017 begins in Brighton: Expect daily updates from Marxist Student[…]

Further Eudcation

Colleges as corporations: Further Education policy insider reveals all

  Capitalism has decimated the FE sector, rapidly transforming a public service into a profit-spinning enterprise. An employee from an unnamed Further Education consultancy explains how this has been allowed to take place. Over the last 25 years, further education in England has undergone a rapid process of commercialisation. Whilst the intrusion of market forces Read more about Colleges as corporations: Further Education policy insider reveals all[…]

Bursary or Bust

Bursary or Bust founder says: it’s time for nurses to get radical – RCN must strike

Anthony Johnson, a student nurse at King’s College London who has already voted in favour of strike action by the RCN, says student nurses need to get radical and get fighting. Article 4 of the Human Rights Act states that it is illegal for someone to be forced to provide labour. Why then are we Read more about Bursary or Bust founder says: it’s time for nurses to get radical – RCN must strike[…]

Cobryn and Mélenchon

General election 2017: 4 lessons Corbyn can learn from Mélenchon

Theresa May shocked the country yesterday by announcing that she will seek a general election on June 8. Despite the naysayers, this is a fight that Jeremy Corbyn and the Labour Party can win, provided they offer a bold, socialist alternative to grinding austerity. The meteoric rise of far-left candidate Jean-Luc Mélenchon across the Channel Read more about General election 2017: 4 lessons Corbyn can learn from Mélenchon[…]

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Exploited nurses fight back with ballot for strike action

Underpaid, over-stretched nurses may down tools in response to the insulting offer of a 1% pay increase: a below-inflation award that amounts of a real-terms pay cut. The Royal College of Nursing (RCN) is canvassing its 270,000 members across the Britain on whether to take strike action. This would come as another blow to the Read more about Exploited nurses fight back with ballot for strike action[…]

Easter Bunny

Exploitation, imperialism and child slavery: the bitter realities of Easter sweets

As much as I look forward to tucking into inadvisable quantities of chocolate eggs and bunnies this Easter, there is nothing more stomach-churning than the exploitative and imperialist practices of the confectionary industry. Crack the yummy surface and you’ll find a gooey core of brutality underlying the history of the sugar and cocoa trade. None Read more about Exploitation, imperialism and child slavery: the bitter realities of Easter sweets[…]

School Lunch

Corbyn’s free dinners a step forward ‒ but only socialism will save state schools

Last week Jeremy Corbyn unveiled Labour’s new pledge to provide free school meals for all primary school students in the UK, to be funded by additional VAT on private education fees, amounting to £1bn. Referencing several recent studies by the National Centre for Social Research and the Institute for Fiscal Studies, Corbyn argued that the Read more about Corbyn’s free dinners a step forward ‒ but only socialism will save state schools[…]

UCU strike

Academics at Manchester Metropolitan University gear up for strike action

The UCU will ballot its members at Manchester Metropolitan University for industrial action over compulsory redundancies, resulting from the closure of one of its campuses. The union says it has been forced to ballot members for strike action after university bosses consistently frustrated efforts to resolve the dispute that centres on the future of over Read more about Academics at Manchester Metropolitan University gear up for strike action[…]

RMT Picket

Why Marxists fight for nationalisation

It is incumbent upon every revolutionary to fight against the privatisation of publicly-owned services, and to agitate for further nationalisation. Thomas Soud of the Warwick Marxists explains why. The ongoing dispute between the RMT and Southern Railways ‒ coupled with Jeremy Corbyn’s proposal to place British rail services, water and utility companies back under public Read more about Why Marxists fight for nationalisation[…]