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Student protests against cuts, redundancies and fees

Issue No. 2178

Around 50 Essex university students joined protests on Monday of this week to demand the reinstatement of six student union staff who have been sacked.

The workers were employed by the student union to do a variety of jobs, including supporting campaigning, designing union publicity and maintaining vending machines.

Management held a meeting to discuss job cuts on Friday of last week, then, on the following Monday, the workers were told to clear their desks.

The student union claims it has no money to pay the workers and will have to meet with the university to see how much money it can afford to pay for redundancy.

Students at the London College of Communication (LCC) occupied their university as part of a campaign against cuts.

The students started their action on Monday of last week and within two days around 20 students had joined in.

So far, university management has refused to negotiate with them.

Boma Hart, one of those organising the occupation told Socialist Worker, “We represent a feeling among students, but management has refused to recognise us. Security and the police were called to get us out.”

On Monday of this week over 100 LCC students joined a protest outside a meeting of the university board of governors.

Around 300 students joined a rally organised by the National Union of Students (NUS) outside parliament on Wednesday of last week.

They were protesting at the government’s higher review, which they fear will result in higher tuition fees.

NUS had previously abandoned campaigning in a bid to get a seat at the decision-making table. But the government has since shut the union out of its review.

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Tue 17 Nov 2009, 17:15 GMT
Issue No. 2178
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