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Students and staff unite on picket lines

Issue No. 2244

Students in Sussex joined lecturers

Students in Sussex joined lecturers' picket lines on Tuesday of this week (Pic: Tom Wills)

Students joined lecturers on picket lines across England on Tuesday of this week.

At University College London (UCL), students occupying against education cuts came out to join the strikers.

Ash Sarkar, a first year student at UCL, said that students had a debate over whether to support the strike.

“It’s a case of choosing a side,” she told Socialist Worker.

“We can’t remove our labour in the same way as lecturers can—but we can support them and we can disrupt our universities.”

Simon Renton, a striking lecturer at UCL, denounced the threat to lecturers’ pensions. “This is our deferred pay,” he told Socialist Worker.

“So the attack is a retrospective pay cut. However successful we are today, we won’t stop things overnight. This is the start of a process.”

At the School of Oriental and African Studies in London, students set up a “student union” outside so that students wouldn’t have to cross picket lines, complete with beanbags and a piano.

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