Category: Students

University management was forced to meet the student union after 95% of the over 7,000 people that participated in an all-student vote favoured moving exams from in-person to online because of the latest Covid crisis. But the outcome of the meeting was not what we wanted. Our demands were rejected. We have now been sent […]
Covid cases are surging across university campuses. I’ve never known this many people who have tested positive. We expected the university to move the in-person January exams to online assessments. The university has not organised any in-person exams since the begining of the pandemic in early 2020. But there has been no such announcement. This […]
The University of Southampton had planned to “hold all students equally responsible” for a party that took place in Chamberlain Halls on 29 September. This was a gathering that most residents of that block did not attend – many were not even aware of it taking place! Socialist Students deem this suggested blanket punishment unjust, […]
The higher education sector faces a massive £2.5 billion funding ‘black hole’ which could see thousands of job losses if the government does not step in. A recent report by London Economics, for the University and College Union (UCU), warned that 111,000 fewer UK and 121,000 fewer international first-year students will attend courses in September, […]
Like many workplaces, university bosses have come under fire for their slow and inadequate response to the coronavirus crisis. In Southampton, all three campus trade unions wrote to the vice-chancellor outlining our concerns about insufficient information and advice, including on home working and pay for casual staff. We pushed for an urgent meeting, but initially, […]
“I mean, nationalising the banks shouldn’t be that big a deal, it’s necessary,” said one student. Many were keen to discuss socialist perspectives on Brexit, ending austerity and tackling climate change. Students also asked questions about how we could redistribute wealth and how working-class people could take power. Socialist Students signed up over 52 people […]
For Whom the School Bell Tolls: Our kids or the Tories? Nick Chaffey, Socialist Party Southern secretary Like the NHS and council services, public state education in primary, secondary, special schools and colleges is facing a dire crisis, with serious consequences for children whose ‘one chance’ in preparation for life is under threat. Funding cuts […]
As Britain’s weak Tory government clings on – and numerous social, political and economic shocks threaten its downfall – a key factor is whether the Labour Party can provide a mass alternative to harsh austerity. This is one of the main themes in the British Perspectives document for the Socialist Party’s national congress in March, […]
Teacher recruitment falls by a third – cut workload, not funding ‘Tom Donnelly’, National Education Union rep, Yorkshire Teachers throughout the country reacted with shock to the news that the number applying to train as teachers has dropped by 33%, according to Ucas figures. This is the fifth year the government has failed to meet […]
Nick Chaffey, Southampton Socialist Party “With less and less money to run schools, we are suffering enormously. Cuts have been made but we can’t go any further. “That would directly impact the educational standards we are trying to achieve,” explained Southampton headteacher and National Union of Teachers (NUT – now part of the National Education […]

Read this week's #NSSN bulletin no.566: Workers start 2022 on the picket line!

https://shopstewards.net/2022/01/nssn-566-workers-start-2022-on-the-picket-line/

To all #TUSC supporters Best Wishes for 2022 - let’s see if together we can find hundreds of trades unionists, community campaigners and socialists to challenge austerity at the May local elections in the biggest and widest possible socialist unity.
#Solidarity

2022 and Council Cuts continue
Defend public services
Defend Jobs and Pay
Stop Cuts and Privatisation
Join the fightback in #southampton to @SaveStMarysLC #SocialistSunday #StopCouncilCuts

@VenueHorse @Callowlands Park, Watford @watfordpalace with #theDanTiendance school. Really enjoyed it, thank you everyone. This weekend @VenueHorse is @DGArtsFest Annan & Stranraer from 1 pm.

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