Students are organized as unionized intellectual workers, as enshrined in the founding document of student syndicalism; The 1946 Grenoble Charter.
The CRUES is aware of the need for permanent protests and the convergence of social movements, to defend the victories of past students', workers' and popular movements. And in order to achieve new successes, The CRUES takes the following stance:
- for public, free, quality, accessible, non-discriminatory education, adapted to the needs and abilities of each student and free from interference by private businesses;
- for a universal financial aid system that eliminates student debt and ensures decent living conditions;
- for the recognition of student work and a wage for all internships;
- for the democratization of educational institutions with a view toward self-governance;
- for the recognition of Indigenous knowledge and the decolonization of education;
- for the defence and expansion of universal public services;
- for the common and democratic management of the economy in order to satisfy the needs of all, while respecting ecological limits, against capitalist exploitation as well as the inequalities and oppressions linked to this system;
- for international trade union solidarity with all progressive struggles;
- for solidarity with Indigenous peoples and nations of the North and South and with marginalized communities and racialized communities, against all forms of colonialism and imperialism;
- for a just ecological transition in solidarity with the struggles historically waged by the Indigenous peoples and nations of the North and South;
- for a combative feminism aiming at the abolition of cisheteropatriarchy, against all forms of discrimination based on gender identity or expression, sexual orientation or body diversity;
- for a resolutely anti-racist struggle, opposing all forms of institutional and systemic discrimination, and for the abolition of white supremacy.
- for the inclusion of neuro-divergent students living with disabilities, immunodeficiencies or mental health problems, or with various accessibility issues.