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Meridian Music Centre: The show must go on

Issue No. 2205

Students join the sit-in at Meridian Music Centre, Greenwich (Pic: Charlie Smith)

Students join the sit-in at Meridian Music Centre, Greenwich (Pic: Charlie Smith)

Workers and students are fighting to save the Meridian Music Centre, part of Greenwich Community College, south east London, from closure.

“If our centre closes it will stop the most needy getting access to education,” Marc Bell, a senior tutor at the centre, told Socialist Worker.

“We have around 300 students here and we take kids who have failed everything at school.

“We’re turning these kids around. This is a community college. Closing it would be such a waste of talent.”

Workers and students are questioning management’s justification for the closure.

“First they said the centre is in deficit and then that we have achieved poor exam results.

“But neither is true – our centre is in profit and we have an 80 percent success rate.

“That’s 20 percent above the national average.

“Then they said the building wasn’t fit for use. But we’ve just had it rebuilt. So there is no justification for cuts.”

Redundancy notices are due to be sent out to staff on the 28 June.

Workers in the lecturers’ UCU union say they were not offered voluntary redundancy.

Talks between Unison, Unite and the Musicians Union and management have also broken down. Workers have now contacted the industrial conciliation body Acas to help facilitate further talks.

Students joined staff in a sit-in at Greenwich College last week to show their support for workers fighting the closure.

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Tue 8 Jun 2010, 18:43 BST
Issue No. 2205
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