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WeTheYouth
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Jan 17 2007 12:18
Student Direct Action (MCR)

Yesterday anarcho syndicalist students met at the University of Mancherster and founded 'Student Direct Action' which is a syndicalist organisation which seeks to organise the student body.

We will be holding another meeting next week on tuesday 23rd Jan at the Uni of Mcr Union building in meeting room 2 starting at 6.

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Jan 17 2007 13:01

good work!

All the best with the initiative, let us edu workers know if we can be of any help and vice versa.

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Jan 17 2007 13:40

Be prepared to see footage of us on BBC News with the headline "terrorists plan to subvert Student Union with cake".

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Jan 24 2007 21:29

When is the next SDA meeting scheduled for? im pretty confused

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Jan 25 2007 12:12

I would love to hear more about the group.

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Jan 25 2007 18:28

I'll try and come along to the next meeting (Assuming that its not just limited to uni students) do you know when the next one is?

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Jan 25 2007 18:46

Can someone explain how these student groups could be "syndicalist"? Is it their structure, their ideology, etc.? Are they trying to organize student workers, or with other campus workers? How do they reconcile the student perception of being a consumer rather than worker?

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Jan 25 2007 19:02
pghwob wrote:
Can someone explain how these student groups could be "syndicalist"? Is it their structure, their ideology, etc.? Are they trying to organize student workers, or with other campus workers? How do they reconcile the student perception of being a consumer rather than worker?

I think that this group is syndicalist because most of the initial group are members of the Solidarity Federation (an anarcho syndicalist group). They intend to organise/campaign primarily around the economic questions facing students, advocate the creation of student unions that make decisions through general meetings and don't have full time leaders. Their is also the potential to support university staff in their struggles.

Obviously students are consumers of the educational 'product' but most students in Britain also work part-time. They have a dual role in society.

This is a new initiative and therfore a lot of the politics/plans are unformed.

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Jan 25 2007 19:04

How did the meeting on tuesday go?

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Jan 25 2007 20:32

By the way, I'm not a member of any Anarchist/Syndicalist group at the moment and I think at least 2 of the others aren't in SolFed.

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Jan 30 2007 14:26
pghwob wrote:
Can someone explain how these student groups could be "syndicalist"? Is it their structure, their ideology, etc.? Are they trying to organize student workers, or with other campus workers? How do they reconcile the student perception of being a consumer rather than worker?

Students are workers in formation, and as studenst we are creating a social wealth which will only be transformed into monetary wealth when we leave with degrees and begin working.

We organise as syndcialists because we wish to create a student union, which fights on economic issues, such as loans, fees, rent etc, and also improving the condition of the student body.

The next meeting date has not yet been decided because of the upcoming civil service/ menatal health workers / Fujitsu disputes taking up alot of our time, the next meeting will probably be next wednesday though that is not confirmed.

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Feb 1 2007 13:39

I think provisionally the next meeting will be held on thursday the 8th of febuary, allthough if anyone has a problem with this the date is completely open to change.

Also If you can, join the facebook group 'Student Direct Action' for upcoming info in the future and if you can offer any help with our newsletter

-Ben

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Feb 1 2007 13:42
bdobres wrote:
I think provisionally the next meeting will be held on thursday the 8th of febuary, allthough if anyone has a problem with this the date is completely open to change.

Also If you can, join the facebook group 'Student Direct Action' for upcoming info in the future and if you can offer any help with our newsletter

-Ben

Yeah we will have to have it then for sure.

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Apr 3 2007 22:37

hows this coming along?

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Apr 6 2007 14:37

its all a bit quiet on the SDA front with the holidays and exams, essays etc. but we are working on leaflets and propaghanda so when we do get back into gear we will come swinging.

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Sep 8 2007 19:02

As I am no longer a student or living in Manchester I've sadly left the group contributing nothing but the name of the group and the name of the paper and eating all of WeTheYouth's cake.

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Sep 8 2007 19:52

Students are consumers just like apprentices are - and both tend to get charged too much for the consumption.

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Sep 8 2007 20:13

We have a semi-syndicalist organization at the University of Alberta. We focus on doing things like strike support, helping student workers with problems at the point of production, etc. This year we're doing outreach with the nurses and education students; two of the groups on campus who will enter into nominally functioning unions upon graduation. But we're very small, and our limited resources make it very difficult to translate our big ideas into action.

You can check out our website:
http://swag.apirg.org

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Sep 8 2007 20:26
Refused wrote:
As I am no longer a student or living in Manchester I've sadly left the group contributing nothing but the name of the group and the name of the paper and eating all of WeTheYouth's cake.

I always thought that Cake World was a slightly misleading name for an anarchist paper anyway.

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Sep 30 2007 20:21
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We have a semi-syndicalist organization at the University of Alberta...

Sounds really promising, most student groups even anarcho ones, tend to be nothing more than leftist activism.

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Oct 1 2007 05:59
R.R. Berkman wrote:
We have a semi-syndicalist organization at the University of Alberta. We focus on doing things like strike support, helping student workers with problems at the point of production, etc. This year we're doing outreach with the nurses and education students; two of the groups on campus who will enter into nominally functioning unions upon graduation. But we're very small, and our limited resources make it very difficult to translate our big ideas into action.

You can check out our website:
http://swag.apirg.org

i think we have one of those around here with a few wobs involved....

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Oct 1 2007 06:11

yeah but its focused on workplace action at the food courts, with hope of expanding into the libraries.

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Oct 1 2007 20:34

do you see that as a bad thing?