On the 10th November, over 50,000 students and lecturers marched through central London against education cuts, tuition fees and the abolition of EMA. Hundreds of LSBU students marched alongside them. This was the biggest education protest since Thatcher’s attempt to introduce fees was defeated in 1985. Thousands of students broke away from the official route to occupy the Tory HQ in Millbank, bringing the spirit of the French and Greek general strikes to the UK.
The march has attracted tremendous media attention, and the issue of education cuts has dominated the headlines for days following the march. The protests have been an inspiration to everyone who opposes the Tory cuts.
Now the student movement faces a debate on how to move forward, and an opportunity to build on Wednesday’s success and defend our education from the Con-Dem attacks.
At LSBU, we have already seen viscious attacks on our education from the university management, including the scrapping of the emergency loans system, closure of the language centre, the proposed closure of LLU+ and over 100 staff losses.
‘Defend LSBU! Defend our Education’ invite all students to attend an emergency organiser meeting to discuss how we take the anti-cuts movement forward on campus. Wednesday 17th November. K211, Keyworth Building. 3.30pm.
You can download the flyer for the meeting here. Please print it out and distribute it to as many of your classmates and friends as possible.
You can also join the campaign on Facebook here.