Across the world, capitalism is a system in crisis. While wages and living standards continue to be squeezed, students and young people face the sharp edge of the rich’s attacks; student debt, zero hours contracts and the housing crisis are all testimony to this.
We are witnessing untold political instability for the rich and their system. The crisis in the Tory party threatens to split them down the middle. May hangs by a thread, the only thing keeping her in power the fear of a future Corbyn government. A general election and the opportunity to kick the Tories out is posed, Socialist Students are getting organised and fighting for this. The gilets jaunes in France show that mass action gets results, Jeremy Corbyn and the trade unions should follow their lead and organise a demonstration at the start of the New Year.
The crisis facing capitalism and its institutions is worldwide. From the tumultuous events in France with the gilets jaunes protests to the rise of the right internationally, with Trump in the USA and Bolsonaro in Brazil.
In Britain and across the globe, students and young workers have been entering into struggle. Alongside millions of workers, students brought the Tory government to its knees at the 2017 general election. Since then, students mobilising shoulder to shoulder with their lecturers in last year’s UCU strikes. And more recently, young workers made history in the October 4th McStrike. Elsewhere globally, mass student movements are shaking the system.
Socialist Students shares proud links with a number of these movements across the world - with the socialist feminist organisation Libres y Combativas across the Spanish state, the Fees Must Fall campaign in South Africa, and with students in Hong Kong fighting against government attacks on democratic rights.
Agenda Saturday February 9th 2019
10:30 to 12:30 – Building Socialist Students and leading the student fightback
13:30 to 15:00 – Parallel sessions:
100 years since the German Revolution
‘Socialism: Utopian and Scientific’
Spain Women’s Strike 8th March
15:15 to 16:45 – motions discussion and steering committee elections
17:00 to 18:00 – Rally – Tories out! The fight against the right in Britain and across the globe
Birmingham venue TBA
All Socialist Students Societies are entitled to send 15 delegates to the conference. Please confirm the names of your delegates by 6 February at the latest by emailing socialistudents@gmail. com. All societies are entitled to submit motions for discussion at the congress. These must be submitted to the above email by 28 January at the latest. Amendments will be accepted if submitted before 5 February.