Oppose Hike in Tuition Fees!
Universities are to be allowed to triple tuition fees and charge students up to £9,000 a year. This will result in hundreds of thousands of students being unable to attend university, thousands more lecturers and university staff losing their jobs, courses and facilities being closed down and whole campuses shut.
The response of the University and College Union and the National Union of Students is a pathetic protest campaign as “part of our strategy to influence the Coalition Government”. As part of this agenda the government is pushing ahead with the privatisation of higher education.
The issues facing students - rising tuition fees, massive debts, and the starving of resources for public education - are inseparable from the broader questions confronting the working class as a whole. None of these problems can be solved on the campuses alone.
The ISSE calls for the building of independent rank-and-file education, workplace, and local committees to unify all sections of workers and youth – and for a programme of wealth redistribution, including a sharp increase in taxes on the rich and the expropriation of all sums amassed through speculation and fraud.
The ISSE seeks to build a mass political movement of the working class that will fight for power, establish a workers' government, and reorganize society on a democratic, egalitarian and rational basis.