Youth Section of WRP
Young Socialists is the youth section of the Workers Revolutionary Party. It organises young people in the fight against capitalism to go forward to Socialism.
Young Socialist is also the weekly colour newspaper of the YS.
This week's editorial (17.12.13) of the YS is:
Students occupy to defend education kick this government out!
An occupation wave is sweeping across the country as university students are taking action against cuts and privatisation of their education.
Birmingham was the first as students occupied the Aston Webb building in opposition to cuts and the government’s selling off the student loans book.
Next Sussex University’s Bramber House was re-occupied and then on Wednesday (4th) Sheffield University’s Arts Tower was seized by students along with the central offices of the University of London.
This was done in a show of solidarity with lecturers and staff whose unions were taking joint strike action against an insulting 1% pay rise, which in view of inflation is actually a 13% pay cut.
What was clear in all these actions is that students are passionately concerned about working conditions in their places of education and recognise that they are fighting in the same corner as workers.
Workers and students share a common cause, both are having their futures denied to them.
Both public and private sector workers are seeing dramatic cuts made to their wages and pensions while youth unemployment is well over 1m and graduate unemployment is at 19%.
Furthermore cuts in education are driving down university quality, some departments have seen their budgets slashed by 80%!
The government is terrified of students uniting with workers and so have ruthlessly moved in to crush all actions, in particular occupations.
Police and bailiffs dragged the students out of their occupation in Birmingham after taking them to court.
Extreme measures were taken to remove the students from ULU where the students union has been in the forefront of student activism against fees and privatisation.
Acting without a warrant or injunction on Wednesday evening police stormed the building where about 60 students were in occupation.
Police punched and kicked students, injuring several and arresting four.
Police also seized all of the occupiers’ possessions including housekeys, laptops and mobiles in the violent action.
This attack shows how seriously the state takes students standing up for themselves and makes a mockery of the idea that there can be peaceful protest that challenges capitalism under ‘democracy’.
There is no appealing to the government and their management lackeys to change its mind!
Students have also made up their minds, it’s fight or be crushed, their bold actions show they have no intention of being intimidated into backing down.
So now is the time to step up the fight and organise joint co-ordinated strikes and occupations to defend education by kicking this government out.
Spontaneous student occupations in a handful of universities without strike action by staff are not enough as students have learnt through bitter experience.
This kind of occupation is comparatively easy for the state to smash, sending in its thugs to bash some heads and spill blood.
Unions must stand up and throw their muscle behind all occupations, this is true not just in universities but everywhere threatened with privatisation or closure, including Chase Farm Hospital where people have made up their minds that they will not let the hospital close and are prepared to occupy.
Occupations across the country must be combined with a General Strike, not to protest or negotiate but to smash this government and end capitalism and privatisation for socialism.
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Published:: 2005-04-29 (37439 reads)[ Go Back ]