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March rejects Hackney college cuts

Issue No. 2459

Around 60 college workers and students marched from east London’s Hackney College to Liverpool Street on Thursday of last week.

The action coincided with a one-hour strike by UCU union members at the college.

Strikers marched out of the college carrying a coffin for further education.

Striker Delia told Socialist Worker, “We are going to lose almost a quarter of our provision. We worry that by 2020 we won’t have a college.”

Student Nurizzary was on the march. “Coming to college has changed my life,” she told Socialist Worker. “When I came here two years ago I had hardly any education whatsoever. Now I’m going to go to university.”

Another striker said, “It’s a dreadful situation. Opportunities are decreasing for some of the most vulnerable people in one of the poorest boroughs in London.

“Staff will go away on holiday over summer and could come back to find their job has gone.”

UCU members at Ealing, Hammersmith and West London College struck for 24 hours on the same day.

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Tue 23 Jun 2015, 16:07 BST
Issue No. 2459
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