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Issue No. 1735

Over 70 students at the University of East Anglia demonstrated against Nestlé last week at the official opening of the new PFI-funded campus sports park. We were demonstrating against the sale of Nestlé products in the sports centre and carried banners saying, 'Nestlé-show some milk of human kindness' and 'People not profit'. One banner was done in the style of a Kit Kat wrapper and said, 'Nestlé kills kids'.


Over 120 Lancaster University students attended a debate last week on top-up, or 'differential', fees. This would mean allowing universities to charge what they like for what course. Students were in total agreement that differential fees are not acceptable and will be fought. An economics professor was hissed when he said, 'If you want a premium product, you have to pay for it.'


Students at Glasgow University are campaigning against our race relations convenor, Philip Sands, because of letters he's written to the Glasgow Herald. We are getting overwhelming support from students for our petition against him, and we will be lobbying an SRC meeting that will discuss his dismissal.

Students at Luton University are furious over vice-chancellor Dai John's announcement that he is shutting down the humanities department and sacking 80 to 90 workers. He says that humanities subjects aren't bringing in enough money! The unions are calling mass meetings on 21 February.

The largest meeting for years took place in Barnsley College last week as 140 lecturers voted to express their lack of confidence in the college management team. The two most senior managers at the college have been suspended as part of the Further Education Funding Council's investigation into allegations of corruption. We also decided to ballot for all-out action if there are any compulsory redundancies because of the budget crisis.
DAVE GIBSON, Barnsley NATFHE assistant secretary

Teachers in Scotland have voted by four to one to accept the pay and conditions deal which resulted from the McCrone report into teaching. The vote reflects the deal's headline-grabbing 21.5 percent pay offer over three years, and a barrage of propaganda from the employers, the Scottish Executive, union leaders and the media.

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Sat 17 Feb 2001, 00:00 GMT
Issue No. 1735
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