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Students plan for a day of dissent

Issue No. 2226

The EAN conference resolved to make 24 November a national day of action for education.

That is the day parliament votes on the proposals from the Browne review on the future of higher education.

This should be a day of dissent on campuses across Britain, with rallies, mass meetings and walkouts.

Students also resolved to make 5 November a day for the movement, and the bosses, to remember.

The aim is have solidarity action between students and workers—including doing collections on campuses and inviting striking workers to speak at university rallies.

Steve Hedley, the London regional organiser for the RMT union, which represents London Tube workers, also spoke at the event.

He told the conference, “It is an honour to stand up in front of so many young people here today.

“My daughter has been discouraged by the prospect of debt from going into higher education.

“The plans for free schools are plans to smash the teaching unions and public control over education.

“We have seen across Europe the massive upheavals against capital.

“We must put the blame for the crisis where it belongs—on the system as a whole.”

Steve’s speech was drowned out by applause and foot-stomping as he called for us to be “class fighters”.

“We need mass strike action and civil disobedience to stop the Tories in their tracks,” he added.


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