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London march protests in defence of jobs and education

by Sadie Robinson
Issue No. 2153

The rally at the march

The rally at the march's end

Hundreds of people marched down Holloway Road, north London, on Saturday of last week in protest at huge job cuts threatened in the area.

Hundreds of jobs are under threat at London Metropolitan University and at the Office of the Public Guardian at Archway Tower.

Austin Harney is the assistant branch secretary of the PCS union at the Office of the Public Guardian. “We help mentally ill people manage their money,” he told Socialist Worker.

“But there’s a real danger of our service fragmenting because of the cuts and proposed compulsory relocations.

“People are very angry. This will be the first march of many to save our jobs.”

Chris Snaith is the London regional secretary of the UCU union and a lecturer at London Met. “Some people say we don’t need London Met as there are enough universities in London,” he said.

“But London Met runs several unique courses that will just disappear if the university goes.”

Protesters from outside London, who are involved in their own struggles over jobs, joined the protest in solidarity.

Hazel Raven is the chair of the UCU union branch at Doncaster college. A campaign there has recently forced management to retreat over plans to cut jobs.

“We’ve won a significant battle in the war but we’ve not won yet,” she told Socialist Worker.

“If they come back with more job cuts then we’ll mobilise again.”

Many workers brought their banners to the protest – including Lambeth College UCU, Soas Unison, University College London Unison, Kings College UCU, Haringey Unison, Camden Trades Council, City and Islington NUT and Holborn GMB.

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Tue 26 May 2009, 18:19 BST
Issue No. 2153
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