D Day!

This is IT people! The day has come!

The date for the parliamentary vote on fee increases has been announced!

9 DECEMBER 2010

We all need to start mobilizing, organizing, publicizing… the works!

Talk to your student unions, guilds, societies so you can come on a coach down to London and make some noise at Parliament!

They wanted big society? They’ll see big society!

Bring your friends, family, lovers, brothers, carers.
Bring your nan and your neighbours, bring noise and creativity!

Let us know if you need help organising people to come down (or up) to London.

FEES?
CUTS?
NO THANK YOU!

(more info HERE)

30 November – Second Day of Action!

After today’s success it is important to keep it moving!

We shall not stop until we break the government’s cuts programme or we break the government.

What will you do?

30 November – Join Us!

List of 24 Nov protests – from anticuts.org.uk

Here is a list of walkouts collated by the website anticuts.org.uk

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NCAFC National Meeting

The National Campaign Against Fees and Cuts is going to be having its national meeting in London on the 5th of June. Please come along, we’re going to be discussing how to organise the campaign so that we can hit the ground running at the start of the next academic year. With the Tories about to announce loads of cuts in education, this is a really important campaign, and a really important meeting!

The meeting will be taking place in University College London from 1PM on Saturday the 5th of June. For more information, check out the Facebook event.

We will be electing an editorial board to ensure regular and timely communications about events, news, and action. Please try to send a delegation from your campus to this meeting to let us know what you’re up to and plan jointly with other anti-cuts campaign groups. Also, it would be great if you could send us a report from your campaign, so that we can stick it up on our website.

There will be a fare pool for those coming long distances, and crash space can be arranged for those who need it. If you have any questions or concerns, see the contact page and don’t hesitate to send us an email.

The NCAFC national meeting isn’t the only thing coming up! Here’s a list of events occurring over the next month:

Saturday 22 May: Right to Work Conference
11-5 Friends Meeting House, London
http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=110526198960131

Tuesday 25 May to Sunday 30 May: European Education Congress 2010
Bochum, Germany
http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=113765935304917

Saturday 29 May: Defeating Cuts in Education conference
Brighton (venue tba)
http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=116208155086022

Thursday 10 June: UNISON Day of Dissent
everywhere
http://www.unison.org.uk//news/news_view.asp?did=6027

UCU day of action: reports from the picket lines

Reports from a variety of colleges and universities updated as we receive more. Whether you’re an education worker, a student or neither, if you have a report from a picket line or demo post it here as a comment or email it to [email protected] (pictures also welcome!) [Read more...]

Thousands of lecturers strike tomorrow

Lecturers at four universities and eleven FE colleges will be on strike tomorrow (for the list see the UCU website) against cuts.

Demonstration in London – May 5
Assemble 1pm, King’s College London (The Strand)

National Campaign calls for action this week!

In the week 13th-20th March – take action to support the strikes at Leeds and Sussex and in support of the Sussex 6!

At the London and Southern Regional Meeting on Wednesday, the National Campaign Against Fees and Cuts decided to issue a call for further action to support the strikes at Leeds and Sussex Universities on the 17th and 18th, and to support the calls for the re-instatement of the 6 Sussex students who have been suspended for their part in the occupation of Sussex House.

Things you can do  -

  • Hand out leaflets on your campus telling students about the strikes and the Sussex 6 – the Campaign will be producing some bulletins soon
  • Take a collection of money for the strike funds at Sussex and Leeds – or for the fighting fund for the union on your campus
  • Take photographs of students and staff on your campus holding signs saying “I occupied Sussex House”
  • Organise rallies, marches, sit-ins and other forms of protest in support of staff and against fees and cuts
  • Come to the UCU demonstration against cuts in London on the 20th of March – http://www.ucu.org.uk/index.cfm?articleid=3787
  • Get a motion passed in your union supporting the strikes and the national campaign, and opposing the suspensions of the Sussex 6

Students at Sussex are continuing to occupy a lecture theatre in protest of the suspension of 6 students.  Today Sussex staff publicly defied a court injunction to come to the occupation and show their support for students. Sussex management are on the verge of being forced to make a humiliating climbdown and re-instate the 6. Staff at Leeds and Sussex will be going out on strike against cuts this week, and unions at many other campuses are balloting for action. We need to seize the moments and apply as much pressure as we can nationally to Vice Chancellors, Peter Mandelson and the government.

Take action this week! Support the strikes and the Sussex 6! Come to the demonstration on the 20th of March!

Make like these people. Go on, get out there

WAVE OF ACTION TO DEFEND EDUCATION from March 1st

Following its first steering meeting The National Campaign Against Fees and Cuts is calling for a wave of action to defend education from March 1st. We need a mass, national response to the dire and shameful situation of education and public sector cutbacks, under the banner of:
- Stop the cuts
- End fees
- Tax the rich to fund education

Reports are flooding in from all over the country of actions already planned to take place: in UCL, a fortnight of campaigning will be culminating in a demo on March 3rd; similar situations are expected to arise on dozens of campuses across the country, from UEA to Westminster to Sussex to Newcastle.

In Leeds, the 2nd and 4th March will see the second and third days of strike action by the UCU, and Leeds students will be out in force to support their lecturers and workers.

No campus (in HE, FE or High School) should be left untouched. Plan YOUR action, and don’t forget to report it to [email protected]