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When MPs vote on fees it's… A day to break the coalition

Walk out of school and college | Take action in workplaces | Lay siege to parliament

Issue No. 2230

Students in Newcastle on Day X (Pic: Ray Smith)

Students in Newcastle on Day X (Pic: Ray Smith)


If everyone gets behind the student revolt then this government can be beaten over the rise in university tuition fees to £9,000 a year.

School, college and university students are on the streets, millions of others support them, and government ministers are in a spin.

Liberal Democrat ministers were this week debating whether or not to vote for the policy they had shaped in the cabinet!

If the fees are beaten then it will make it much easier to fight other attacks such as the abolition of the Education Maintenance Allowance that hundreds of thousands of young people rely on.

And it will boost all of us in the battle against this vicious Tory-Lib Dem coalition.

Thursday 9 December is the date when MPs will vote on whether to raise the cap on tuition fees to £9,000. This is the day to make a decisive stand—when workers and students need to walkout of classes, colleges, offices and factories to march on parliament.

The student movement has grown in size and militancy over the past three weeks—and if workers and students unite this can be the beginning of the end of the coalition government.

Activists are organising coaches from across the country to come to London, where there will be a march at 12 noon from the University of London Union in Malet Street, WC1E 7HY to Parliament.

The day before the vote will also see action nationwide. Protests, teach-ins, occupations and walkouts are being planned.

On 9 December everyone—student, worker, pensioner, unemployed—should be part of the movement.

Protest, lay siege to Parliament, send a delegation from work to the demonstration, walkout if you can.

Trade union leaders must back the calls for action, as the UCU lecturers’ union already has.

The Tories and the lickspittle Liberals are out to wreck our lives. Let’s sink them.


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