Motions for the NEC
Two motions for the next NEC meeting on the question of Gordon Brown and the devastation Blair has left behind. One to support the Stop the War demonstration on June 24th in Manchester alongside StWc 100 days to get the troops out petition and one for a real 5 demands on Brown.
Here is the second motion:
theimmediate period is dominated by thechange of Prime Minister and speculation on how different Brown will be to Blair. The media is full of opinions and speculation of what Brown will do in government.
thefailure of theLabour Party to field a second candidate will be used to try and lessen debate about what a new government will actually do while in power.
- That both Stop
theWar and thePublic and Civil Service Union (PCS) have launched major campaigns to ensure thedebate around war and thefuture of thepublic sector are central to thegovernment changing policy not just its leader.
- Unions like
theCWU, NUT, UCU and Unison are looking likely to campaign against thegovernment’s plans for fur ther cuts and privatisations joining a growing public opposition.
theNUS also published 5 “demands” on a new Prime Minister on Monday 14th:
· Health - NUS calls for prescriptions, dental care and eye test exemptions to be extended to cover all students.
· Travel - NUS calls for a commitment to ensure concessionary bus travel for all students.
· Debt - NUS calls for
· Skills - NUS calls for
· Work - NUS calls for an equal minimum wage to protect our most vulnerable workers and give
- That NUS should support
theinitiatives from Stop theWar and PCS while agitating for activists to raise 5 student demands on thenew prime minister to unite all those opposed to Blair’s neo-liberal vision of society and campaign to make sure it prioritises supporting students, workers and theoppressed over pandering to business interests and privatisation.
- That Blair left early because of
thepressure of mass opposition to his policies. NUS and thewider movement must capitalise on this opportunity by uniting students in and out of theLabour party around a different vision of society.
- NUS’ current demands amount to a call for little more
then a milder version of New Labours attacks and will cut us off from students expecting a more bold campaign and a Trade Union movement starting to challenge thegovernment.
NUS NEC Resolves:
- To adopt
thefollowing 5 demands:
- Education for all - Reverse
theattacks on Higher Education, theprivatisation of FE and city academies. An education for social benefit not themarket.
- For a Living Wage – For a living minimum wage for all and extended Trade Union rights for casual workers to protect students and insecure work forces. End
thepublic service pay freeze.
- Racism – Stop
theattacks on Asian and Muslim students. For a progressive policy to counteract thediscrimination of black students in education.
- Welfare – stop
theprivatisation of thewelfare state. Bring back all benefits, accessible public health and local support for students and thewider community.
- Environment – Major investment in renewable energy research in our Universities. Tax companies which pollute our cities and environment.