The government’s agenda of cuts, privatization and austerity is an assault on women students/ We are struggling to pay our soaring housing costs, rising energy bills and transport fares. Its getting harder to find fairly paid work to help us through our studies and the scrapping of EMA has taken away a vital lifeline for hundreds of thousands of FE women students.
When we graduate its going to take us years longer than our male counterparts to pay back our enormous £40,000 debt because of the gender pay gap which is currently widening thanks to austerity.
Whether its massive cuts to public sector jobs where women are disproportionately employed, the slashing of child benefits, to the savage cuts facing rape crisis centres – its clear that women are the hardest hit by austerity.
Uniting women to fight back is essential. In the Student Assembly Against Austerity women students have been leading an active, campaigning student movement to do just that.
Last year we led a massive campaign that stopped the government from selling off all our student loans to private companies – a move that would have resulted in interest rates increasing and our student debt with it. Over 50 campuses took part in national days and weeks on action which forced a government u-turn on the issue. Proof that campaigning works!
And this year we have led the new movement for free education by co-organising the 10,000 strong national demo in November.
Right now at London Met, the Student Assembly Against Austerity involved in the campaign to stop over 150 job cuts which will have a devastating impact on an institution which is attended by a majority of women and Black students.
Whatever the outcome of the General Election in May one thing is clear, austerity is set to continue. So get involved in the Student Assembly today – set up a local group and get ready to join the People’s Assembly Against Austerity national demo on Saturday 20 June to say END AUSTERITY NOW!