Comprehensive scholarships and a six-hour working day to enable you to study and live

Just a few weeks before the agreement with the International Monetary Fund was approved, the All Together Front in Congress agreed to legalize Macri’s fraudulent debts. This agreement represents a deepening of the adjustment experienced by workers, in a country where 37% of society already suffers from poverty. Suburban public universities are not a bubble. During these two years the education budget was reduced by 18%. This has a strong influence on the conditions of education, and combined with general conditioning, on workers’ permanence and access to university.

At UNGS, after the already narrow academic presentation, the applied subject quotas continued in the midst of virtuality. In addition, many students have to go to schools and become overcrowded in university offices due to obvious infrastructure problems that have been overlooked during the pandemic, as a result of the budget cuts voted by the University Supreme Council commensurate with the government reshuffle. All these obstacles on the part of the university administration add to the critical living conditions of the students. Many go to study with a little math on their stomach, arrive in classes exhausted from increasingly hard work, or burn their eyes while reading in front of a screen. Not to mention the mothers who have to juggle to find free time to study.

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Work less, do all…

The ruling party and the right-wing opposition, who are doing their best to appease the fund, are debating how to squeeze the last drop of sweat into the souls of young people and their rights to foot the bill by means of the fraudulent foreign debt law. This was evidenced by the new data published by INDEC: while unemployment has fallen to 7%, poverty has reached 37%. In 2017, with the same level of unemployment, the number of poor people decreased by 6 million compared to today. In other words, a large number of workers have fallen into the cycle of poverty as a result of the progression of labor flexibility. This situation mainly affects the youngest, because 70% of young people have precarious jobs, which means miserable living conditions.

Faced with this onslaught, the student movement and the youth as a whole are fighting a great battle before them for their future, so that they will not continue to live in this misery that they want us to naturalize, where we cannot plan to hire or support a profession. ; Where our comrades leave the pedals of life to eat a little mango; Where one in two children is poor and has to go out and break his back to eat instead of studying. We cannot give up to live in this way, on the contrary, we have to aspire to conquer more free time to be able to study and enjoy rest, science, art, culture and social life; It’s time to unleash creativity, live our dreams and stop watching life go by while enriching the pockets of the rich.

This generation faces the challenge of taking up the historical thread of heroic struggles put forward by the working class to reduce the working day. Since the introduction of the 8-hour workday in 1929, nearly a century ago, advances in science and technology applied to production have been extraordinary. This lays the material foundations for gradually reducing the working day, starting from 6 hours, 5 days a week with a salary equal to the family basket, and distributing working hours, so that everyone can work and work less.

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This proposal by Nicholas Del Canio and Miriam Bregman is the only realistic way out so that we young people do not continue to push our living conditions to thirst for profit entrepreneurs. If implemented, those who work to exhaustion can take comfort in a miserable salary today with high inflation not enough for anything, creating new jobs for the unemployed. This means attacking the profit of the capitalist class that uses these technical advances and discoveries to inflate its profit margins, throwing large numbers of workers into starvation and unemployment and excessively exploiting those who remain in their jobs.

Let’s fight for universities, for workers and their children

This debate is intrinsically related to the kind of public university we want: if the university, as it is currently happening, becomes increasingly elitist and expels large groups of workers who no longer have time or money to stay on the courses; Or a truly inclusive university that makes education a right, not a privilege.

In this sense, the struggle for access to material resources to pay for our jobs is just as important. Although the state today has some limited scholarship schemes for the higher level, it is quite restrictive, as it requires compliance with a series of requirements to be able to access them, not without going through cumbersome procedures beforehand. For this reason, it is essential to implement a comprehensive scholarship scheme accessible to all students, which gives an income of at least half of what the basic basket is worth today.

Overcoming a 6-hour workday and all-inclusive scholarships is possible if we put on our feet the enormous strength of the student movement, which has achieved elementary rights throughout history, such as educational ticket, kindergarten, etc. For this, we need to fight for a student center model that is at the forefront of organizing the student movement alongside the working class in light of the great challenges that lie ahead.

El Puente and FUNYP, CEUNGS Presidency, have already shown that their model is not so, but that of a student center that manages the adjustment in education done by the government of which they are a part. From the Introduction Students of the Left, we want to fight for CEUNGS that lives up to the challenges that we students face at this time.

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