Action spreads on latest day of action
December 1, 2010 Leave a comment
Day X2 yesterday saw thousands take to the streets in cities across the UK once more. In London students made sure not to give the police another chance to kettle them, marching all over the capital chanting “whose streets? our streets”. See this video from the Guardian. Another wave of occupations has begun including at King’s College London and the Universities of Exeter, Sheffield and Nottingham.
“Day X for workers”
The NUS president Aaron Porter has apologised for “dithering” and now gives full support to the occupations. Unison, one of the country’s largest unions with members across the education sector, has issued a statement supporting the student protests, as have many leading members of the National Union of Teachers. Delegates at the special HE conference of the UCU voted for a national demonstration on the day when Parliament votes on tuition fees.
The national student coordination meeting this Sunday, with over 150 delegates representing most of the occupations, voted to back this call and issued a statement calling for “parents, workers and trade unionists to do everything in their power to join our resistance on the day of the vote in parliament, up to and including walking out to join our demonstration.”
Next, this Sunday, occupations in many cities will be hosting “General Assemblies” of resistance to bring school students, parents, workers, trade unionists and campaigners together and coordinate future plans. Parliament will vote on tuition fees some time before breaking up for Christmas, and this kind of united organisation will be essential in defeating their proposals. Our contribution to this will be a teach-in in Central London, close to several occupied universities.
Sunday 5th December, 12noon-4pm, King’s College London
Speakers include journalists George Monbiot and Laurie Penny, King’s College lecturer Stathis Kouvelakis and veteran of the 1968 student movement John Rose.