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Strikes, protests - and vuvuzelas. Join your local protest on 21 June

Issue No. 2206

College lecturers in the UCU union are holding protests across Britain on Monday 21 June because education is under attack.

Over £1 billion has been cut from higher education budgets over the next three years, thousands of jobs have gone and thousands more at risk.

For the first time in decades our education system is shrinking and the barriers to access are rising. Current and future generations are at risk of being locked out of our education system.

Staff and students have united in an unprecedented sector-wide coalition

to oppose the cuts.

ATL, GMB, EIS, NUS, UCU, UNITE and UNISON unions have joined forces to defend education.

The listing below indicates which UCU local branches are organising events, but members of any union will be more than welcome to show their support.

Aberdeen University, the campus unions (Unison, UNITE, UCU, Prospect) and AUSA are rallying outside the University Administration in Old Aberdeen between 12-2 on Monday 21st. Please come along during your lunch hour and show your support by signing the petition.

Abingdon and Witney college UCU members will be knocking on doors, getting people to sign the petition and will be encouraging staff to wear UCU lanyards/t- shirts for the occasion.

Barnsley, Joint union protest, 12.15pm. Mandela gardens in town centre. Barnsley College UCU and UNISON and University of Huddersfield UCB centre.

Birmingham City Centre will see a joint union march and rally. UCU members are assembling at 12 midday outside UCU office at Alpha Tower, Suffolk Street, Queensway, Birmingham and marching to Matthew Boulton College.

Birmingham Metropolitan College, Lunchtime protest

Bishop Auckland College UCU and Unison are holding a joint union stall, petitioning and leafleting.

Bournemouth University, leafleting staff and students against the cuts.

Bradford College, UCU strike action against cuts. The two branches at Bradford College will be on strike on 21st June, the second strike day against the threat of compulsory redundancies. There will be a lunchtime rally, hopefully involving the UCU branch at Bradford University, the students union and other campus unions as well as MPs and councillors.

Bradford University unions are staging a lunchtime protest starting at 12 noon outside the Great Horton Road entrance of the Richmond Building

Bristol University joint unions, including ATL, UCU and UNISON will be holding a rally at 1pm between Wills Building and MV on Park Row. There will also be a barbeque and music at University of West of England Student Union.

Bristol University UCU and UNITE branches are holding an outdoor rally with a family friendly stall distributing helium balloons

Burnley College, UCU are planning a lunchtime meeting with Unison to build a coalition against the cuts

Calderdale College UCU will be holding a staff in the foyer between 12.30 and 1.30pm, to which community groups affected by cuts at the college gave been invited. Pink and Blue fairy cakes will be given out to everyone who signs the joint union’s petition.

Carshalton College will be joining the day of action with a running meeting at the front gates between 11:30am and 2pm.

City and Islington College union members are holding a lunchtime protest with members from all campus unions uniting behind a giant ‘United for Education’ banner.

City College Birmingham, UCU strike action against cuts

City University are spending the day leafleting and using the occasion as a union recruitment opportunity with campaign stalls and membership materials.

Croydon College, lunchtime protest

Darlington College, UCU will be leafleting the campus

De Montfort University, 12:00-14:00, UCU and Unison will be operating a joint stall on the steps of our Campus Centre (located in the middle of the city site campus) in order to raise awareness for our campaign, gather extra signatures for the joint ‘United for Education’ petition and of course distribute leaflets to students, members of staff and members of the public passing by. Several laptops will be available in order to provide an immediate and easy way for people to sign the petition. The UCU & Unison banners will be part of the scenery and various UCU and Unison posters will be displayed in the area.

Doncaster College UCU are holding irregular vuvuzela protests throughout the day in protest at the threat to 16 further jobs and attacks on the terms and conditions of assessors, whereupon they will be symbolically thrown out of the building by UCU’s Health and Safety Rep and will go and leaflet staff and students.

Dudley College, Joint UCU, UNISON, NUS lunchtime rally.

Dundee University Unison and UCU will be holding a joint stall and leafleting the campus

East Riding College, lunchtime stall, 12 to 1pm with petitions, goodies, food and drink (and of course joining packs).

Edge Hill University UCU, UNISON and NUS will be meeting staff and students on 21st June at the Senior Common Room, Education and Health faculties between 10 and 11 and then again between 12 and 1.30pm. Find out more about what you can do to help and sign up as a member on the day. Free T-shirt, mugs and many other goodies are also up for grabs.

Edinburgh city centre, EIS will be setting up a stall next to the Duke of Wellington Statue on Princess Street, Edinburgh from 10 am – 4.30 pm for members of the public to sign a petition as part of the ‘Day of Action. Balloons and Leaflets will also be distributed.

Essex University, Petition signing stall,

Fareham College, UCU and UNISON will have a joint stall during the morning and lunch break on 21st June. We will be in the central Mall of the college and will distribute leaflets and give people the opportunity to sign the petition. Our Principal has given his agreement to our plans.

Glasgow University UCU are using the day to mobilise a lobby of Court about the cuts

Goldsmiths College UCU and Unison are planning joint action to highlight the closure of their nursery facility

Henley College unions will be holding a lunchtime stall and leafleting staff and students

Hereford College of Art, The UCU and NUS will be running events in tandem, including speakers and recruitment stalls.

Hugh Baird College, 12-2pm, Conga against the cuts – During our lunch hour we aim to have a giant conga to celebrate education and all of the benefits the college brings to students, staff, businesses and the local community. Flyer with handy George Osborne mask. This is being organised by UNISON, UCU and UNITE reps.

Isle of Wight College, Lunchtime demonstration outside the college

Lambeth College, Lunchtime strike by UCU members and a march through Brixton to demand no compulsory redundancies, hopefully involving other unions in support for the Day of Action. Meeting at Brixton Centre at 12.30pm. Short rally in Windrush Gardens.

Leeds and Leeds Metropolitan University Unison and UCU are holding a joint rally meeting outside the city art gallery

Leicester College campus unions and NUS are joining to demonstrate outside each of their three campuses.

Leicester University, between 1-2 p.m., UCU, Unite and NUS holding of a joint stall in places where people go for lunch to raise awareness, petition and distribute leaflet to students and members of staff about the campaign. This will also be used as an opportunity to recruit new members.

Liverpool Community College UCU are holding a march, a rally and a union recruitment drive across their two sites

Liverpool Community College, LIPA, Hope University, University of Liverpool and Liverpool John Moores University unions are holding a protest and then assembling at 1pm at LJMU John Foster Building (Lecture Theatre G01), Mount Pleasant to hear speakers from UCU, UNITE, Unison, GMB and NUS.

London South Bank University UNISON, GMB and UCU have planned a day of action to include a joint union stall, leafleting and lunchtime demonstrations against redundancies throughout the campus.

Manchester University, Penalty shoot out and picnic at lunchtime on Monday, with UCU, UNISON, UNITE and the Students Union in order to “Defend Education”.

Newcastle College UCU are staging a protest picnic outside management office!

Newcastle University, Newcastle University Campus Unions will hold a Joint day of action involving UNISON, UNITE and UCU. We will have speakers, stall on information on the cuts and of course the petition, from noon.

Newman University College, Joint stall outside the canteen for a couple of hours over the lunch period on 21st – display the posters, get people to take leaflets and sign the petition etc.

North Warwickshire and Hinckley College UCU and Unison are holding a ‘Handshake Walk’ between their two campuses and meeting at a pub in the middle.

Open University UCU and Unison re holding a joint event

Oxford and Cherwell Valley College , Lunchtime rallies and demonstrations outside two of the college sites

Portsmouth University, Joint event with a stall in a prominent position where staff will be able to sign the petition.

Redcar and Cleveland College, Please show your support for UCU members and Reps at Redcar and Cleveland College by turning up and supporting their protest on Monday 21st June 2010. The event will start at 12.00 pm and go through till 2.00 pm to allow as many people as possible to participate. College Gate, Redcar & Cleveland College, Corporation Road, Redcar, TS10 1EZ.

Robert Gordon University, campaign stalls within the RGU buildings (to reach staff and students) and outside the RGU Admin building/Student Union building opposite a shopping centre at lunchtime

Sheffield Hallam University, UCU will be leafleting at 12 noon at the main entrance to City Campus

South Nottingham College are holding a rally and stalls

South Staffordshire College, Lunchtime protest

South Thames College campus unions will be leafleting the main Wandsworth building between 12 and 2pm

South Tyneside College site entrances will be petitioned by UCU and UNISON members. Look out for a very special guest……..!

Southampton City College, ‘Help for Signatures’ stall in a prominent area of the college – the plan is to have both the online and paper petition available – everyone who signs the petition get a UCU mug of ‘Heroes’ chocolates. (taking a twist on the ‘Help for Heroes’ campaign.

Southampton Solent University unions will be leafleting on the day and have written to local MPs and governors. UNISON have also arranged for leaflets to go with June payslips to all staff!

Southampton University, Large joint event using the opportunity to highlight the potential loss of 200 MSA staff this summer, with 200 placards’ representing the loss of the 200 jobs.

Southend Branch of South Essex College UCU and UNISON will be running a petition stall in the college entrance encouraging staff, students and members of the public to sign the petition.

Stourbridge College, Lunchtime protest

Strode College UCU will be running a stall on the college’s front lawn to raise awareness about the current threat of cuts.

Tower Hamlets College are staging an ‘Alternative Budget Day’ uniting HE, FE and schools.

UCU Northern Ireland are running a virtual campaign designed to sign up MPs and MLAs to the Make Education Count campaign

University of Leicester UCU, Unite and NUS are holding a joint stall to raise awareness, petition and distribute leaflet to students and members of staff about the campaign. This will also be used as an opportunity to recruit new members.

University of Lincoln UCU will be demonstrating in the main Atrium

University of Northampton UCU are planning a lunch time action and displaying a huge petition poster in front of the Senate building. Also holding a stall filled with petitions, leaflets and sample letters to MPs available to staff and students passing by.

University of Stirling staff are holding a joint union meeting

University of the Arts, UCU strike action against cuts

Walsall College UCU are holding a day of leafleting and will be joined by students who are going to leaflet the town centre and local supermarkets

Waltham Forest College UCU and UNISON will be having a lunchtime demo with leafleting from 12 – 2pm and also inviting students to join in at the college gates.

Warwickshire College unions will be holding a protest picnic on the front lawn

Westminster UNiversity, UCU members are lobbying their Board of Management on Monday at 12pm, 309 Regent Street. Members of UCU at the University of Westminster have been observing an assessment boycott since the 21st of May in protest against cuts to over 200 staff posts at the university. In response, management are threatening to dock 50% of staff pay for every day that the assessment boycott continues. Join our lobby and support UCU at Westminster

Weymouth College UCU and Unison branches will be holding a joint lunchtime demonstration against the cuts

Wiltshire College, Stall on college sites and taking the petition round to all departments

Wolverhampton College UCU are planning a large rally in Wolverhampton centre

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Thu 17 Jun 2010, 16:20 BST
Issue No. 2206
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