March on Parliament to save EMA – 19 January

On Wednesday 19th January, MPs will debate and vote on the abolition of EMA. Join the protest! [Read more…]

EMA vote to take place 19 January

Breaking news suggests Labour have managed to force a vote on EMA for 19 January. Watch this space!

Meanwhile, anticuts activists in Leeds today held a protest and banner drop off a bridge over the motorway. After the action,  sixty school, college, university students and trade unionists held a meeting at Leeds Met to discuss further action.

Days of Action in January

Since it is still not clear when and whether there will be a vote on EMA, we will drop the 11th as a day of action and put all our strengths into organizing the events on the 26th and the 29th of January.
 
Let’s make these two days to remember!
 
The 26th is a day of nationwide action – organize in, and walk out of, your school, college and university! On the 29th there are two large demonstrations held in Manchester and London. Flyers and leaflets can be downloaded from the top of our website.
In addition, on the 22nd of January, the NCAFC will have its conference at University College London (UCL). On this day students from across the country will come together to discuss what to do next and how we wish to organize ourselves as an organisation. Please make an effort to attend or to send representatives from your local campaign group and email us at [email protected] if you require help with transport or accommodation.

Message of Support from General Secretary of FBU

Message of support for students

From Matt Wrack, general secretary of the Fire Brigades Union

“The Fire Brigades Union sends warm greetings to students taking action on fees and on the Education Maintenance Allowance. Firefighters know the value of education – it should be a right for everyone, not a privilege restricted to the wealthy. The government’s policy on education is a vindictive policy of class hatred.

“The Fire Brigades Union stands in solidarity with students in your struggle, just as many students have supported us. Together workers and students can push back the government’s cuts and austerity agenda. United we can change the world. Educate, agitate and organise.”

Tory cuts no way – EMA is here to stay!

(Originally posted on Revolution)

The Con-Dem government have refused to rule out cutting Education Maintenance Allowance (EMA) as part of their promised cuts programme.

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