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Delegates gather for NUS's final democratic conference

by Rob Owen NUS executive (pc)
Issue No. 2145

This year's NUS student union conference will be the last one where elected delegates have the power to directly determine the direction of the union.

The NUS leadership has slashed democracy within the union. Since last year's conference two extraordinary conferences have been held to force through undemocratic changes.

These introduce a structure that will reduce the power of the annual conference and undermine the influence that ordinary students can have on the union.

There will be several key battles for the left at this year's conference taking place this week. The first is to defend the student occupations in solidarity with Gaza, which the NUS leadership are trying to brand as 'antisemitic'.

We also want the NUS to take up a clear position on defending free education and also on defending jobs in education.

The right are also pushing a vote to disaffiliate the NUS from the Stop the War Coalition.

Rank and file students have united under the banner of Another Union Is Possible and will be contesting the leadership.

We are fighting to build a left in the NUS which is directly involved in building the struggles on the ground.

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Tue 31 Mar 2009, 20:31 BST
Issue No. 2145
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