This week saw the launch of the “Our Schools, Our Colleges, Our Communities” campaign in London, organised by the UCU and NUT unions to fight back against the free market agenda in education.
“This is a very significant campaign,” Sean Vernell, a member of UCU’s national executive, told Socialist Worker.
“Alongside fighting for decent pay and conditions, the campaign will give a political challenge to the government over the direction that education is going in.”
The launch meeting was addressed by representatives from the UCU and NUT as well as Jeremy Corbyn, Labour MP for Islington North.
“I find it tragic when I’m told that if a course won’t lead to immediate qualification or job it will be dropped,” said Corbyn. “I want to live in a world that values education.” He described Gordon Brown’s pay freeze as “stupid, short-sighted and wrong”.