Students organised in the National Campaign Against Fees and Cuts (NCAFC) are holding a national education demonstration this coming Wednesday 9 November. The focus is the Government’s White Paper, a complex document which basically aims at creeping privatisation of higher education. The students will be joined on their march by electricians taking action to defend their national pay bargaining arrangements.
You can read more about the march on the NCAFC website. Detail here:
Protesters will be marching to derail the government’s higher education white paper, which has been described by academics and students as a chaotic and regressive attempt to introduce markets and private providers into education, effectively ending it as a public service.
Michael Chessum, from the National Campaign Against Fees and Cuts, said: “In marching on the City, we are sending a message that we will not let the Government to hand over education to the markets. Education should be a public service, accessible to all – not a corporate enterprise.”
Students will be joined on the day by thousands of striking electricians, who are marching with Unite the Union in protest at a 35% national pay cut. The National Campaign Against Fees and Cuts is fully supporting the electricians’ strike as part of a broader opposition to pay and pensions cuts ahead of the November 30th strikes, and the two mobilisations may link up on the day. UK Uncut have also indicated support for the demonstration.
Middlesex University students and staff (who are fighting a battle against 300 proposed job cuts) will join the demonstration. They are assembling at 11am outside the main entrance of the Hendon Campus to go together to the march assembly point (ULU, Malet Street, nearest tube station: Warren Street/Goodge Street).