Article published: Sunday, November 28th 2010
A call to action on Tuesday November 30 has been launched by university and college students as the struggle against tuition fees and cuts to education builds.
The announcement follows the massive turnout last Wednesday 24 November which saw around 5,000 university and college students, teachers and education sector workers take to the streets and protest against cuts including the abolition of Education Maintenance Allowance for 16-19 year old college students and the proposed trebling of university tuition fees.
There were walkouts at Xaverian College in Rusholme and Chorlton High School as school pupils in uniform joined the crowd which, after attempts by police to keep at Castlefield, broke lines and reconvened to demonstrate outside the Town Hall.
After the protests students across the country occupied lecture theatres in universities – sending a strong message to the coalition government which appears to be facing the first act of widespread resistance to its massive programme of cuts to public services.
The day of demonstrations last week was called autonomously in the aftermath of the National Union of Students’ leadership’s condemnation of events at Milbank court on 10 November, when several thousand protestors damaged property and occupied the premises of the Conservative Party HQ.
NUS President Aaron Porter has since apologised for failing to support his members and has now pledged that the union will back all student occupations and any industrial action by staff unions.
- Walkouts in Manchester are planned at 11am for college and school students and at midday for university students.
- Picket lines will be manned from 8am outside colleges and schools and from 9am across university campuses.
- The assembly points are All Saint’s Park (opposite MMUnion) and Manchester University Place at 12 noon.
Prior to the day of action there will be an emergency activist meeting at Manchester Metropolitan University Students’ Union on Monday 29 November at 5pm. It will be held in the social space on the 2nd floor and is open to all.
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