Protest and Teach-in at Strathclyde
April 6, 2010 Leave a comment
At Strathclyde University we held a rally and march to oppose the closure of the music and community arts department and against the national agenda of education cuts, followed by a teach-in hosted by the Education Activist Network. We got support for the ‘day of action’ from NUS Scotland, Abertay and Aberdeen UCU, Dundee and Strathclyde student Union, Glasgow, Strathclyde, Dundee and Aberdeen anti-cuts action network, Glasgow Met FE College UNISON branch, Glasgow Met FE College student President, Sandra White SNP MSP and Bill Butler Labour MSP, as well as the grassroots campaigns to save Music and Community Arts Departments.100 people came to the rally and 60 to the teach-in.
Liam Burns, NUS Scotland President, spoke at the teach-in and said that he was keen to be part of a Scotland-wide co-ordination of Anti-cuts campaigns, Student Unions, UCU branches and NUS to have a united response in defence of education. He supported the idea of a demonstration and/or a conference at the start of the next academic year in Scotland. A Leeds UCU striker also spoke about how we need resistance from both lecturers and students, and that we need to connect it to the wider struggles in the public sector.