The education system as we know it is under attack. Under the last government, almost £1 billion in cuts to further and higher education were announced. If this wasn’t enough, the new government has announced that an extra £670 million will be cut from the Department of Education.
UCU and Unison members at Lambeth College are fighting plans by their management for £3.5 million in cuts – which will mean up to a hundred teaching and support staff losing their jobs – and a much worse education for students and service for the local community.
Please read below the official communication sent today to NCAFC members and general public:
Lambeth UNISON has voted to affiliate to the National Campaign against Fees and Cuts and work with NCAFC to fight for workers and students against government attacks on education. Lambeth UNSON represents support workers at Lambeth College, who are fighting alongside brothers and sisters in the UCU against a huge plan of job and course cuts.
We would like to work with you to launch a student and worker campaign at the college and discuss how we can build solidarity for other universities and colleges. Some of the ideas for joint work are listed below but we would welcome ideas for other initiatives.
- Joint meetings at Lambeth College
- Producing joint propaganda against fees and cuts
- Contacting other trade union branches to encourage
them to affiliate to NCAFC and fight together in colleges
Steward, West Norwood Library & Assistant Branch Secretary
According to the Socialist Worker over one thousand students and workers have marched today through the streets of London to defend Higher Education.
The protest, called by the University and College Union (UCU), took place two days after the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) sentenced cuts in 80% of English universities’ funding.
Students, lecturers, staff , family and friends from many of the recently affected universities, such as Sussex, Leeds, King’s College London and University College London (UCL) came together to denounce these preposterous measures.
The National Campaign Against Fees and Cuts was heavily present, with several students chanting happily behind an impressive nine feet banner. You can find a video of our contingent here.
The NCAFC contingent started off UCL campus, together with UCL UCU members, joining the rest of the demonstrators at King’s College in the Strand.
From there a very loud and very enthused crowd strolled to Downing Street to hand a statement to the Prime Minister condemning the cuts and in defence of education.
A rally followed suit with protesters still aflame, staging short sit-ins mid-Whitehall, singing and applauding the speakers.
The demonstration counted also with the vital support of the National Union of Teachers (NUT) and the Public and Commercial Services Union (PCS).