Over 100 people attended a Further Education conference in Lambeth on Saturday of last week, with lecturers, students and community campaigners coming together.
Lambeth College UCU branch joined forces with the Unison union and the student union to organise the event over what is happening to adult education.
Lambeth College has seen £2.3 million in cuts this year. Among the courses worst affected has been English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL).
In May of this year, the union branch organised a two-hour lunchtime walkout with 200 members taking part in a march and rally in Brixton, and the conference was organised to take the campaign forward.
UCU general secretary candidate Roger Kline told the conference, “The newly published Learning and Skills Council priorities for 2007-8 make clear that the government intends to continue demolishing adult education. The government’s determination to narrow the curriculum, focus on short-term employers’ skills needs, and largely ignore those aged over 25 is discriminatory and foolish in the extreme.
“UCU is determined to stop this educational vandalism by a determined campaign at national and local level and this conference should be a significant part of that.”
The conference passed motions calling on the union to take action nationally to campaign over the government’s attacks on adult education and in support of the London region’s further education manifesto.
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Saturday 25 November, Institute of Education, London
Speakers: Clyde Chitty, Melissa Benn, Melian Mansfield, Terry Wrigley, Stephen Ball, Francis Beckett and Tony Benn
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