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Tell the NUS: it's not enough to wait for a Labour government

by Jamie Woodcock, NUS executive (pc)
Published Tue 27 Nov 2012
Issue No. 2331

Students protesting on Wednesday of last week  (Pic: http://www.guysmallman.com/Guy Smallman )

Students protesting on Wednesday of last week (Pic: Guy Smallman)


Last week’s student protest reflected the anger on campuses at the cuts university managements are pushing through—but also the frustration.

The strategy of the National Union of Students (NUS) is aimed at getting Labour re-elected in 2015, not building a mass movement against austerity now.

Students forced the NUS leadership to call the demonstration, but the NUS refused to use its resources to mobilise effectively.

Despite this, students and workers can come together to defend education. On campus we need to stop the attacks including course cuts, job losses and draconian ID and attendance systems.

Our priority should be to organise protests around the government’s Autumn statement on 5 December when chancellor George Osborne will announce even more brutal spending cuts.


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Tue 27 Nov 2012, 18:57 GMT
Issue No. 2331
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