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Students protest

Issue No. 1674

THOUSANDS OF students planned to hit the streets on Thursday for the National Union of Students (NUS) demonstration against tuition fees. Students at Sussex University had already scored a victory in their protest over fees on Wednesday of last week. Around 40 of them halted a society dinner hosted by Lord Attenborough by occupying the venue.

Cherie Blair was due to speak at the dinner. She gets over £200,000 a year. The students succeeded in forcing her to cancel the engagement. Some 51 students at the university are currently not paying their fees in protest at student poverty.

Demonstrate, Thursday 25 November, 11am, Malet Street, central London.

STUDENTS ARE forced to work long hours in unsafe conditions just to survive, according to research by the NUS. Full time students with jobs work on average 19.8 hours a week. Some 38 percent admitted missing lectures and 21 percent failed to send in coursework as a result of their jobs. Average pay for students is £4.37 an hour.

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Sat 27 Nov 1999, 00:00 GMT
Issue No. 1674
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