Refund student rent and fees
Fight for free education and make the 1% pay
Socialist Students marching for free education, 2016, photo Isai Priya (Click to enlarge)
Socialist Students has launched a petition to build support for its demands on the way forward for the student movement and to solve the crisis in higher education. The petition demands:
- Rent refunds for students. For 100% rent refunds for any student unable to move into their halls for any reason, with the money for those refunds made up for by the government
- For the right of students in third-party accommodation or the private rented sector to be released from their contracts. Compensation to the landlords only on the basis of proven need
- For rent controls! Bring all third party halls into the ownership and control of the universities, as a step towards democratically set rents, decided on by elected committees including students
- Refund our tuition fees - this year and every year! Fight for free education and make the 1% pay for it
- For a no-detriment policy to be introduced for assessments affected by the lockdown
- End all cuts! No attacks on jobs, wages, and conditions on campus to pay for refunds - make the government pay. For student and staff unity against all cuts on campus
- For democratic trade union and student oversight of all health and safety measures taken on campus to stop the spread of the virus - no trust in vice-chancellors, management or the Tories to handle this crisis in our interests
- Build a national student movement to fight for the funding our universities need. Scrap tuition fees, cancel student debt, and introduce genuine living grants for students. Fight for fully funded, high-quality and free education
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In The Socialist 20 January 2021:
Make the super-rich pay, not the poorest
Bosses profit out of 'starvation' food parcels
Teachers: On the front line, in their own words
Peace and Justice Project - no way forward for socialism
Millionaire tendency regains control of Scottish Labour
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The Tory blame game: scapegoating the working class - 100% pay for all now
Covid: Bosses chase profit and put workers in danger
Vaccine confidence - a worker's response
Life in lockdown - being home from school when you're poor is hard
On the NHS front line
Black Lives Matter
Justice for Mohamud Hassan!
Police use Covid laws to intimidate BLM protesters
New Cross Gate fire 40 years ago
USA in crisis - the need for a socialist alternative
Trump Twitter ban: only independent workers' voice can defeat right
PCS Broad Left Network conference
Rolls-Royce Barnoldswick factory future secured following strike action
Morrisons - £10/hr headline hides divisive pay offer
A day in the life of an agency worker
British Gas strike continues
Refund student rent and fees
Plymouth rent strike continues
Scrap fees, refund rents and pay a living grant
London's May elections: Tories and Labour's Khan both vying to slash public services
Socialist Party national women's meeting
Why I joined the Socialist Party
Christmas Crossword Competition
Books that inspired me: The Road to Wigan Pier
Obituary - Jeff Edwards
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