NCAFC is supporting the mobilisation at the University of London for May Day this year. Join the facebook event, and spread the word.
We are collecting signatures for a public letter in support of the demonstration (below). Send yours to [email protected]
On 1st May, international workers’ day will remind the world of the continuing struggle for justice in the face of systemic attacks on workers, our communities and the services we rely on.
The University of London has been at the heart of this struggle: bad pay and worse conditions are imposed by unaccountable managers through the threat of unemployment and police violence. Over the past year, its outsourced workers have been fighting one of the most courageous and inspiring industrial disputes in the country, demanding sick pay, holiday pay and pensions; and management is attempting to repress dissent – by shutting down its own student union whilst repeatedly colluding with the Metropolitan Police to attack and arrest demonstrators.
Students are workers. We are forced to work to pay the bills in an increasingly hostile education system in which we pay to learn to work. Ours is a future of exploitation and precarity: permanent austerity means no jobs, no pensions and no welfare state. We are not fighting for the rights of workers as an act of charity, but because we see solidarity as the only way of preserving our basic freedoms and fighting for a better world.
That is why we are supporting the call for a demonstration on May Day at the University of London. We urge the University of London to grant full sick pay, holiday pay and pensions to all outsourced workers in parity with in-house employees, with no redundancies at the Garden Halls; to ensure that its student union remains fully funded and under democratic student control; and to issue a public statement prohibiting the Police and UKBA from all Campus spaces without the express permission of elected student representatives.
An anonymous tumblr has called for a mass demonstration with the following callout:
The University has seen mass pickets by cleaners, caterers, students and other insubordinates, arm in arm before the gates of a paint splattered university HQ. Watching through clenched teeth and the multiple lenses of their surveillance equipment, management have seen this too, and have sought to restore exploitation in the only way they know how — with lies, evasion – and straightforward violence.
This fight was always about more than the university. Televisions blare out the news of our continued impoverishment: tuition fees up, wages down, No benefits for you! No pay for you! Repayment dates and overdue rent. “Seek assistance” the barriers scream. Another fiver today. Tomorrow, another.
But in school classrooms and underground stations, amongst the underpaid of the opera houses and cinemas, something stirs: Disaffection is finding its feet. The people that capital likes to imagine are solidly under its thumb are taking the fight back to the bosses.
Join us and our soundsystem at the university HQ on the evening of May 1st for a CARNIVAL to celebrate these victories and show the bosses and cops that despite their continued intimidation, we will keep on fighting.
This is a Carnival for everyone: the precarious, the low paid, the zero-houred, the part-time, the temporary, the interned, the unemployed, the workfared, the sacked, the redundant, the indebted. Bring yourselves and your sound systems to ULU - Malet St - for 6PM, the parade will depart at 7.30.
Workers, students, unemployed of the world – ENJOY!
Sick pay, holidays, pensions now! End union busting! No more vice-chancellors! Cops off campus!