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1 December 2021

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Stop the cuts to Uni arts funding

Socialist Students join protests in Bristol. Photo: Bristol SP

Socialist Students join protests in Bristol. Photo: Bristol SP   (Click to enlarge)

Nicholas Clare, Bristol Socialist Students

On 24 November, 60 people protested at the University of Bristol against government cuts to university arts funding. I spoke at the demonstration, representing Socialist Students.

I highlighted the intersection between the struggles of university workers, and their upcoming University and College Union (UCU) strike action (see back page and page 7), and their students. All share the receiving end of the marketisation of education.

Socialist Party member Tom Baldwin explained how the fight against marketisation and profit-driven universities can only be won by solidarity with workers, and fighting for a socialist plan for democratic workers' ownership and control of the economy.

The Students Against Cuts campaign then led the demonstration on a march through the city centre.

The public were in support of our march. However every lane of traffic was unnecessarily blocked which meant some public support was lessened, and a number of students left before the end of the march.

This is not the end of the campaign however. Socialist Students will continue to work to oppose cuts, fees and marketisation. This includes giving our full support to UCU strikers at Bristol on 1-3 December.

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In The Socialist 1 December 2021:


News

NHS Critical

Covid-19: New variant emerges but same old capitalist disease

27 dead in channel migrant tragedy

Bulb bailed out, nationalise energy to solve price crisis

Khan threatens further London transport cuts

Kickstart scheme 'insufficient and flawed'

Tories strengthen repressive laws


COP26

After COP26: where next for the climate movement?


International

Argentine elections see deepening polarisation


Wales

Wales: The Labour-Plaid Cymru agreement - jam tomorrow, maybe


Rural life

Behind the rural idyll - the problems of everyday life


Workplace news

NHS workers - vote yes for action to win a decent pay rise

Staff and students unite against university bosses' attacks

UCU higher education disputes

Education unions lead campaign against Leicester academisation

RMT strikes against abolition of night tube train operators

South Yorkshire Stagecoach drivers strike against measly 1% pay offer

Nottingham and Mansfield trade unions rally against cuts and for better pay

Oaks Park school strike ends following forced concessions


Campaigns

East London mass non-payment wins housing victory

Marching to stop violence against women

Housing campaigners protest CEO champagners

Building a political alternative to Tory and Labour cuts

Stop the cuts to Uni arts funding

Plymouth: Hundreds attend vigil for Bobbi-Anne McLeod

Socialism 2021: How we reached our fighting fund appeal target

End fuel poverty


Readers' opinion

TV review: Valley of the Tears


 

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Socialist Students:

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triangleSouthampton uni ignores staff and students in exam farce

triangleNUS walkout: Organise to fight for free education on 2 March

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triangleUniversity bosses' pay piles up while workers are forced to strike

Cuts:

triangleHundreds protest to save St Mary's Leisure Centre in Southampton

triangleTrade unions and the fight against council cuts

triangleBirmingham: Cuts consultations replaced by computer game

trianglePeople's Budget: We beat council cuts before, we will again

Arts:

triangleNewham council rejects using 0.03% of reserves to fund arts

triangleTories threaten arts students: we are prepared to fight back!

triangleBiggest protest yet to save Stratford Circus

Students:

triangleSouthampton student vote for online exams must be accepted

triangleUniversities strike - build the action and stand united to win

Socialist:

triangleSwansea Socialist Party: Do wage rises cause inflation?

Bristol:

triangleDemonstrating against the Tory anti-protest bill

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