Maynooth Students Come out in Support of NUIM Staff

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The Workers Solidarity Movement was founded in Dublin, Ireland in 1984 following discussions by a number of local anarchist groups on the need for a national anarchist organization. At that time with unemployment and inequality on the rise, there seemed every reason to argue for anarchism and for a revolutionary change in Irish society. This has not changed. Like most socialists we share a fundamental belief that capitalism is the problem. We believe that as a system it must be ended, that the wealth of society should be commonly owned and that its resources should be used to serve the needs of humanity as a whole and not those of a small greedy minority. But, just as importantly, we see this struggle against capitalism as also being a struggle for freedom. We believe that socialism and freedom must go together, that we cannot have one without the other. Anarchism has always stood for individual freedom. But it also stands for democracy. We believe in democratizing... (From: WSM.ie.)


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Maynooth Students Come out in Support of NUIM Staff

Students assembled just before 12pm today in Maynooth to join lecturers and other staff at the National University of Ireland NUI Maynooth on the picket lines for a number of hours.. Solidarity pickets were placed on both North and South campuses of NUI Maynooth.While the Student Union decided to take a ‘neutral position’ on the strike and not support workers on campus, students from various groups on campus- along with individual students- had spent the last number of days pushing for students to respect the strike and support NUIM staff. Free Education for Everyone (FEE) , the Social Solidarity Network (SSN) and Labor Youth all postered in the build up to the day.

Over 60 students participated in solidarity pickets, with Labor Youth and individual students joining academic staff and other NUIM workers on the South Campus entrance for most of the solidarity action, while Free Education for Everyone banners were present on the North Campus main gate. Students were joined on the picket lines by workers from Unite, the Irish Federation of University Teachers and Siptu.

Todays solidarity pickets showed the capability of the left on campus to work together and to support workers action at NUI Maynooth. Despite the feelings of dismay at the Student Unions decision not to support the strike, the response was a positive one- to build an alternative.

The cutbacks at NUI Maynooth are threatening both staff and students, and the decision of the vast majority of NUI Maynooth students to respect the strike and not go on campus today showed an understanding of just why the strikes were occuring. Free Education for Everyone will continue to campaign against cutbacks on campus, the appointment of Bertie Ahern T.D by the University and to offer practical solidarity to workers on campus.

A sincere thank you to all students who attended today.

‘Students and workers- unite to fight the cutbacks!’

(Source: Retrieved on 17th December 2021 from www.wsm.ie.)

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