The Fight For Education – Public Meeting 5th October
September 27, 2010 Leave a comment
Striking BBC worker
Ed Marsh National Union of Students
Costas Todoulos eyewitness to the Greek revolt
Jim Wolfreys UCU NEC
7pm Tuesday 5th October, King’s College London, The Strand WC2
NEW SPEAKER CONFIRMED: The NUJ will be sending a striking BBC worker straight from the picket lines!
This month’s TUC annual conference in Manchester called for coordinated industrial action against the cuts and a national demonstration for next March. NUS and UCU are already working together to build a joint demonstration on November 10th and in the last academic year we have seen lecturers and students take collective action against job cuts and course closures. The examples of Sussex University, Kings’ College London and Leeds University are only the beginning and show that if we fight we can win.
The scale of the attacks from the ConDem government could mean the destruction of education as we know it. On Monday 11th October the Browne Review of university finance is likely to recommend a dramatic rise in tuition fees and facilitate the entry of private companies and market forces deep into the sector. On October 20th, the day of the Comprehensive Spending Review, cuts as deep as 40% will be announced by a government which has no mandate to cut.
The student struggles both in Greece and France in recent years have been inspirational. They have given hope to students and workers that another education and another world is possible. The Education Activist Network’s meeting is the beginning of a campaign to build and coordinate action against the cuts which must start now.