The National Campaign against Fees and Cuts is calling for students all over the country to take action on their campus between the 27th of October and 4th of November to demand “Free, just and democratic education”.
This follows decisions made at a series of democratic meetings during the past academic year. In January, 200 student activists met in Birmingham and democratically produced eight demands geared toward fighting for free education – funded by taxing the rich. In June, activists organised a meeting to coordinate that fight. It called for a wave of direct actions on campuses, under the banner of the demands voted for in Birmingham. The fortnight of action will precede the national demonstration for Free Education happening on the 19th of November in London.
We want you to get involved. You could:
- meet up and organise with students on your campus
- organise occupations, walkouts, blockades, demonstrations, rallies and open meetings during the fortnight of action
- get in contact with us if you require any support and let us know if you are planning an action on your campus
The demands that were agreed at the Birmingham meeting on January 29th are as follows:
Free, just, and democratic education
- Education should be free with living grants for all. We demand that universities lobby for this, and that they should increase bursaries and pay them only in cash. We also demand that the government re-introduce EMA.
2. We demand that the student loan book should not be privatised, and ultimately that student debt should be written off.
3. We demand just pay and conditions for staff: a 5:1 pay ratio between highest and lowest paid staff. An end to casualised contracts, that universities should lobby the UCEA to accept staff union pay demands, no outsourcing of services, a living wage, and an end to the gender pay gap.
4. We demand an end to the intimidation and victimisation of students: no disciplinaries for protest, cops off campus unless invited by students and management, no co-operation with migration enforcement and ejection of their officials from campus, no-cooperation with spying programmes such as prevent.
5. Directly democratic education with all decisions made by, or accountable to, staff and students.
6. We demand education for the public good: for financial transparency and accountability, against the influence of profit in education and research, against league tables, and for ethical investment and procurement.
7. We demand that halls should be provided for the service not for profit, and should be provided in house.
8. We demand equality, and an end to discrimination, in education.