French Revolt shows the way: protests against cuts this week

A French activist will be speaking at the European Forum of the Education Activist Network conference – only two weeks to go, book your ticket today!

 This weekend saw the fourth general strike in France since the beginning of September. Turnout was even better than on previous days, with well over 3 million people on protests across the country. School, college and university students are playing an important role with walkouts throughout the week and student demonstrations blocking roads and railway stations on the day of the general strike. The action is in response to the Sarkozy government’s attack on pensions, but these are part of the same Europe-wide drive to austerity that informs both the Browne Review and the Comprehensive Spending Review that threaten to devastate post-16 education in Britain.

We saw protests break out on University campuses on the day of the Browne Review. Now trade unions and campaign groups are building demonstrations on Wednesday, Saturday and throughout the week to oppose the spending review. Leaked documents suggest that as much as 79% of the university teaching budget could disappear, wiping out “non-priority” subjects and causing whole institutions to collapse.

A full list of demonstrations follows.

19 October
 
London: rally and lobby against the cuts, Westminster Central Hall, doors open 12 noon. Go to www.tuc.org.uk/alltogether
 
20 October
 
London: Defend the welfare state—no to a billion cuts, assemble Lincoln’s Inn Fields WC2 from 4.30pm, march Whitehall (opposite Downing Street) for a rally. Feeder marches from King’s College London (Strand, 4:15pm), London School of Economics (Clements Building, Houghton St, 4:15pm) and ULU
 
Plymouth: The Sundial, Armada Way, 5pm. Go to www.plymouth-tuc.org.uk/
 
Bath: Bath Against the Cuts, assemble outside the Abbey, 5pm
 
Cambridge: Picket and mass leafleting outside Cambridge train station as LibDem MP leaves for Parliament, 7:30am. Go to www.cambridgeshireagainstthecuts.org.uk/
 
Bolton: march from Folcon view day centre on Cotton Street BL1 3JN, 10:30am, to Town Hall Square for protest against cuts. Public meeting, 6pm, 16 Wood Street BL1 1DY. Go to www.unisonbolton.org/
 
Dudley: Protest on the steps of the town hall, 5:30pm
 
Glasgow: rally at Strathclyde University, 4pm, with Dave Moxham STUC deputy general secretary
 
Barnsley: rally at the town centre precinct, 12 noon
 
Liverpool: protest at town hall, 5:30pm
 
Manchester: mass leafleting against cuts, Piccadilly, 5:30pm
 
Southampton: Rally and protest at the Bargate from 5pm
 
Birmingham: Assemble Council House, Victoria Square, 4.30pm followed by march to protest at Government office of the West Midlands, 5 St Phillips place off Colmore Row
 
Coventry: protest outside Coventry council house, 5.30pm
 
Preston: protest on the Flag Market, 1pm
 
Leeds: Victoria gardens (outside the art gallery), 5pm
 
Sheffield: protest outside town hall, 12.30pm
 
St Albans: protest outside St Albans District Council offices, 7pm
 
Oxford: protest Bond Square, 5:30pm
 
Luton:  Rally on town hall steps, 6pm
 
21 October
 
Nottingham: protest outside Nottingham County Council, 12.30pm – 2pm
 
Chesterfield: stalls and campaigning, meet at Market Square, 12 noon
 
23 October
 
Scotland wide STUC protest in Edinburgh: There is a Better Way march and rally. Assemble East Market Street Edinburgh, 11am for rally at Ross Bandstand at 12:30
Coaches from across Scotland—for details go to www.thereisabetterway.org/
Yorkshire & Humber: regional protest in Sheffield city centre, meet outside the Town Hall, 12:30. Sheffield Right to Work feeder march from Sheffield University, meet outside Sheffield University student union on the concourse at 11am
London: march against the cuts, assemble outside the RMT head office, 39 Chalton Street, London NW1 1JD at 11am. 12.30pm rally, Organising to defeat cuts in public services, Congress House, Great Russell Street. Go to www.tuc.org.uk/sertucevents
Plymouth: petitioning and campaigning with charities, campaign groups and trade unions. Meet at the Sundial, Plymouth City Centre from 12 noon
Bristol: Demonstration and Rally, Castle Park, Broadmead, assemble 11.00am for march through Bristol centre. Rally: College Green, 12pm
 
Cambridge: assemble at Parkside Fire Station, 12 noon, rally at 1:30pm at Cambridge Guildhall
Manchester: protest outside the BBC from 12 noon
Leeds: Victoria gardens (outside the art gallery), Headrow, Leeds, 12 noon 
 
25 October
 
London: protest against tuition fees at the Liberal Democrat HQ, Cowley St, 4pm
 
If you know of any other protests that should be included in this list, please send details to educationactivist@googlemail.com
 

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