Why do we students have to conquer a 6-hour workday and comprehensive scholarships?

At UNPaz, 90% of students are first-generation university students, workers and children of workers. Despite our access to State University, we suffer the consequences of the crisis: long working hours in precarious conditions, misery wages monetized in the face of ever-increasing inflation, constantly put our courses at risk. Instead of strengthening student organization and putting themselves at the forefront of the struggle for problems that affect us on a daily basis, student unions are allowing the crisis to pass within the university. A clear sign of their support for the government’s and IMF’s accommodative policy. From the Human Rights Secretary at the Law Students Center we want to discuss democratically what measures are needed to deal with this crisis situation that affects us.

University education, a growing privilege…

Inflation in March (estimated to be close to 6%) made it seem like an endless month. We students make a tremendous effort to be able to pay for our studies. We work more hours for poverty wages. At the same time, other students can’t get a job and find odd jobs to be able to eat. This situation becomes more difficult for students who are mothers, who have to support and nurture their children. The inflation that has built up over the past few years is starting to feel like the rate is increasing.

The adjustment that recent governments have applied has not only been to our living conditions, but to our education as well. During the first two years of the Todos Front government, the education budget was cut by 18%, in addition to the cuts that had already come from the Macri government. The definition of education is in line with the demands of the International Monetary Fund to reduce the state’s accounts. The government, which implements the IMF amendment, cynically celebrates a slight decrease in unemployment, but structural poverty remains at high levels (37% according to INDEC). In contrast, more than 50% of children are poor. In 2017, with the same level of unemployment, there were 6 million fewer people below the poverty line.

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This clearly indicates that working conditions are increasingly unstable and that wages do not increase like prices. Job insecurity among youth reaches 70% Is it possible to continue our studies with this level of insecurity and poverty? As if that were not enough, the university administration has taken measures in line with the amendment. Instead of expanding the academic offer to facilitate student study, it applied quotas to subject registration, a procedure that garnered the votes of members of the Council of Peronist student organizations such as Descamisados ​​or La Cámpora in the University Supreme Council. We students can no longer allow our rights to be infringed while a minority enriches itself. The International Monetary Fund and business leaders are calling for more adjustment. Why should we accept that studying becomes more and more a privilege?

So that no one is left without work and without studies, there is another possible way out

If we work long hours while the other students have no work, why can’t the work day be reduced to 6 hours and 5 days a week to distribute the salaried working hours according to the family basket? This Left Unity Front proposal is a battle that we students must fight so that work ceases to be a burden, that we have time to study and live, so that the unemployed and who today have no alternative but to resort to a social plan as a way of survival can reach Post with rights. If this procedure were applied only in large firms, nearly a million jobs could be created.

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The university, which should be a space for inclusion, is becoming increasingly exclusive. We are many students with problems because we work hundreds of hours hardly to make ends meet, it is difficult for us to get money to come to university and not to mention buying notes, even if we have kids since the university does not have libraries for games where they can be while we are studying . How many colleagues do we know, because of the economic situation or the crisis, who have had to leave a subject or university? We do not want to naturalize that our workers or the children of workers have a revolving door in universities. We want it to open up to us, to remain in it, and for knowledge to serve the needs of the people.

Reducing the working day is an increasingly necessary requirement. Advances in technology make it possible to take this action and to have more time to study and enjoy life. This is a battle that workers have historically fought in different parts of the world and especially in our country for their right to free time. Faced with the times we live in and to come, as big businessmen seek to dump the crisis on our backs, we students face the challenge of taking this battle with the workers who are fighting in their workplaces for their rights now. the students. From other universities in the suburbs we also have the same problems we do. Students and workers together were the heroes of major struggles such as the Cordobazu, which was a response to the adjustment of the military government.

Organizing ourselves in this perspective goes hand in hand with striving for other, more pressing demands such as universal scholarships for all students, and there can be no colleagues who have to choose between study or work, because we know that it is increasingly difficult to carry food into our homes . We also need to increase the academic supply, so that classes limit student participation so that they can advance in their careers. It is also important for every university to set up game libraries for parents so that students who are parents or who are looking after children can have a place in their place during their studies.

During last year’s election campaign, Left Front MPs Nicolás del Caño, Miriam Bregman and Alejandro Filca proposed reducing the working day and distributing working hours without affecting salary also as a measure for many young people today. outside the university. At José C. Paz, with the nomination of our elected councilman Annabella Cooley, we have sent this proposal to every neighborhood. Show at José C. Paz that we don’t want to keep waiting. It is time to take our future into our own hands. Let’s go for everything!

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