A call to workers
The following demands were agreed at by delegates from occupations and walkouts at the national coordination meeting in London on Sunday 28th October.
We oppose the government’s plans for £9000 tuition fees, devastating cuts to university and college funding, and the abolition of EMA. Education is a right. It should be free and publicly funded.
We celebrate the resistance which took off on November 10th, including school walkouts and university occupations on a scale not seen since 1968. We pledge to continue this resistance, and call on others to join us.
The occupation at LSBU has already won concessions from a management which intended to scrap all language teaching. But our main adversary is the government of Cameron and Clegg, and from now on we will coordinate our resistance to this government at a national level including the national demands below.
On Tuesday November 30th when Parliament debates the issue of tuition fees, we call on all students to walk out and protest in greater numbers, to build various creative actions including marches on town halls and Tory and Lib Dem offices, digital protests and a second wave of university occupations. We will elect stewards for our demonstrations, and in London we will assemble in Trafalgar Square at 12 to march on Parliament, where we will make our voices heard throughout the debate.
We especially welcome the call from delegates at the special conference of Universities and Colleges Union for a national demonstration on the day when Parliament votes on tuition fees. We call on other trade unions as well as the NUS to add their names to this call and to mobilise for the biggest turnout possible to fight for the right to education.
Our fight for education is part of a wider fight against austerity which seeks to make ordinary people pay for a crisis not of our making. A victory against tuition fees and to defend EMA would be victory for all those under attack. It’s a fight that we can win, but not if we are left to fight alone.
We call on 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. We call for schools and universities to authorise absences for this demonstration, so that no student is punished through detentions, exclusions or the taking away of EMA.
We call for full support for all those students arrested and victimised as a result of their involvement in the protests. We ask that you take practical steps to build solidarity with our struggle. Invite students to speak at your workplace or union meeting. Pass motions in support of us in your union meetings and call on your trade unions to get behind us. Build support for the campaign defending the right to protest
We call for General Assemblies to be organised in every town, bringing together all university and school students and their parents, workers, trade unionists and all those in struggle against the cuts together to respond to the attacks we face and organise resistance. On Sunday December 5th our occupations will host these assemblies. A London teach-in will bring people together to debate education for the people not the market.
Visit our occupations and support every protest. We will return your solidarity in every way we can, starting with sending a delegation from this coordination to support the tube workers’ strike. We are stronger if we fight together and we add our names to the call for a general strike. We stand in solidarity with our brothers and sisters fighting against austerity across the world.
This government has no mandate to wreck the future of a generation, but we have a mandate to resist!
The government must tax the rich in order to pay for their crisis rather than inflicting austerity on ordinary people.
Educational institutions must publish accounts for public scrutiny in order to ensure democratic accountability.
Education staff and students must be free to protest against cuts without penalty or administrative hindrance.
There must be an immediate end to police violence and victimisation of protestors.