Protest against Tory wrecker David Willetts on Monday

1. Protest on Monday against Tory wrecker David Willetts

This weekend has seen thousands protesting against the cuts. Over 25,000 trade unionists, campaigners, pensioners, students and disabled and unemployed people took to the streets in Edinburgh on Saturday. There were also 2000 in Sheffield, 3000 in Bristol, 15,000 in Belfast and protests in many other cities including Manchester, Norwich and London. Students marched shoulder to shoulder with public sector workers— both are under the same attack from the Con-Dem coalition of cutters.

On Monday David Willetts, Minister of State for Universities and Science will be coming to Senate House at Birkbeck College. Willetts is the minister responsible for an historic attack on the higher education sector that would see thousands of jobs lost, courses and departments closed, whole universities facing collapse and millions of students priced out by higher tuition fees.

Education wrecker Willetts should not be welcomed onto our campuses. He should be surrounded by a sea of protesting students and education workers with placards and with banners from their union branches. The Education Activist Network encourages all its supporters to come join the protest and bring as many of their colleagues and contacts as possible.

We will be meeting at Senate House Birkbeck College on Monday 25 October at 6.30pm.

2. Education Activist Network Conference

The EAN conference is only 7 days away. It will give us an opportunity to discuss how we defeat the cuts in higher, further and adult education and fight for another vision of education.

Among the highlights will be workshops with strikers and student occupiers and a forum on the resistance in Europe with activists from France and Greece. This is our chance to organise for French-style resistance in Britain. If you haven’t signed up yet, click here to register online.

3. Protest at LibDem HQ

We will be demonstrating at the Liberal Democrat headquarters in Westminster on Monday 25 October – to protest against their leaders’ betrayal of their promise to students on fees.

During his election campaign, Nick Clegg said:

The Liberal Democrats are different. Not only will we oppose any raising of the cap, we will scrap tuition fees for good, including for part-time students. We can’t do it overnight, but we can start straight away with students in their first year – that way means anyone at university this autumn will have their debt cut by at least £3,000. Students can make the difference in countless seats in this election. Use your vote to block those unfair tuition fees and get them scrapped once and for all.

join the protest!

4pm, Monday 25 October

4 Cowley St, London SW1P 3NB (Westminster or St James Park tube – map here:


About educationactivistnetwork
The education activist network provides national coordination for trade unionists, academics, university workers and student campaigners fighting to defend jobs and education in the UK.

2 Responses to Protest against Tory wrecker David Willetts on Monday

  1. Sacha Ismail says:

    Is there some reason you didn’t mention that this protest was called by the NCAFC?

  2. Dave S says:

    The protest against David Willetts, which was the main emphasis of the article, was not called by NCAFC. I believe it was initially Birkbeck SU?

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