CAFCC backs Jon Antoniazzi for NUSW President

Labour Students currently control all key positions in NUS Wales. Socialists in Wales will be supporting the campaign of Jon Antoniazzi, an experienced working-class mature student, in his bid to break the Labour block.

Due to the vestigial democratic structures within NUS only a few dozen of the hundreds of thousands of college and university students in Wales will even get the chance to vote in the election at all. This underscores the fact that merely to stand, isolated, to the left of Labour is not enough; only a principled, democratic, grassroots, mass movement can engage students with lecturers and other trade unionists and build the class-based coalition necessary to win and secure a restoration of the EMA grant at its full level, an end to tuition fees, and sufficient funding and resources for the education system to guarantee a good-quality education for all who want it.

Link: Jon’s campaign page on facebook.

Pob Allan Ar N30 | All out on N30

Streic: Amddiffyn Pensiynau: Nov30

On November 30th, millions of workers across dozens of trade unions will be taking action over proposed pension reforms which will see public sector workers pay more, and work longer, only to receive less.

Campaign Against Fees & Cuts Cymru stands together with workers in opposition to the attack on pensions, and students and education workers and activists from across Wales will be mobilising on November 30th in support of those taking action.

Below is a list of known events on the 30th, in Wales:

  • Cardiff March and Rally, noon, starting at Cardiff City Hall, Gorsedd Gardens Road , Cardiff CF10 3ND
  • Wrexam March and Rally, 11:30am, starting at Queen’s Square, Wrexam
  • Aberystwyth March and Rally, 11am, starting at the top of Penglais Hill, Aberystwyth
  • Llandrindod Wells March and Rally, 11am, starting at Theatr Powys, Tremont Road, LD1 5 EB
  • Merthyr Tydfil Rally, 11am, at the Civic Centre, CF47 8ZA
  • Mold March and Rally, 10:30am, starting at the Council Offices, CH7 6LG
  • Swansea, noon, starting at the Guild hall, SA1 4PE

If you have details of any further action in Wales, please let us know by e-mailing us at

For more information, visit:
False Economy
TUC Pensions Justice
PCS Website

Aberystwyth Guild of Students passes motion of no confidence in David Willetts

Banner: "Amddiffyn Addysg Defend Education"On the eve of the NCAFC’s National Demonstration against the marketisation of education, Aberystwyth University Guild of Students held its first General Meeting of the year, where a record number of people attended due to new rules in place regarding society attendance.

During the General Meeting, several motions were debated on a range of issues, including opposition to starbucks in the union (fell 97-102), the student accommodation crisis, and more.

At the General Meeting, students passed a vote of no confidence in the Minister for Universities & Science, David Willetts. The motion also condemns Leighton Andrews, the Minister for Education & Skills in the Welsh Assembly, who is responsible for Higher Education policy in Wales. In doing so students have sent a clear message to Westminster, and to Cardiff: You’re wrong on tuition fees, you’re wrong on funding cuts, and you’re wrong on mergers.

Students also passed a motion supporting a walk out on November 30th to join the local demonstration organised by trade unions and the local anti-cuts groups: Ceredigion Against The Cuts, and Aber Radical Forum.

[1] Full text of motion of no confidence in minister for universities & science

Campaign formed at Student Assembly

The logo of CAFCC

The Welsh Campaign is born

On 22nd October, 2011, activists from across Wales gathered for an All Wales Student Assembly, to engage with each other, debate issues, and consider motions put before the Assembly.

The first motion considered at the Assembly was one to form the Campaign Against Fees & Cuts Cymru. This motion was passed, as amended, unanimously, and thus this organisation was born, with a transitional committee of 4 members established to get the ball rolling.

During the Assembly, students passed motions on a range of issues, including condemnation of the eviction of Dale Farm, supporting the right to protest, endorsing the Jarrow March For Jobs, the November 9th National Demo, and the union strikes on November 30th.

The newly formed Campaign Against Fees & Cuts Cymru also called for transparency, coordination & openness between all anti-cuts groups in a united, non-sectarian fightback against all cuts and for the recognition of differences in situations among the various nations of the United Kingdom and calls for these differences to be reflected organisationally within anti-cuts campaign groups.

Going forward, the campaign hopes to establish itself as a force for positive action in Wales, helping to fight for and win the alternative to tuition fees and cuts to public services.