Monday 8 June, 2015
The Student Assembly Against Austerity campaign for a united national demonstration for free education & against student poverty this autumn
The election of a Tory government in May is a disaster for students and the overwhelming majority of society who are being hit hard by austerity. A huge, united and broad fight back is vital to defend education and all our public services – and students must play a central role in that resistance.
On Tuesday 2 June the National Union of Students (NUS) National Executive voted down a proposal for NUS to call a national demonstration by one vote.
The National Campaign Against Fees and Cuts is proposing that such a national demonstration takes place on Wednesday 18 November.
We believe that an autumn national student demonstration for free education and against student poverty is absolutely essential.
To ensure the maximum possible success of an autumn demonstration, the Student Assembly Against Austerity proposes that a meeting takes place between the Student Assembly, the National Campaign Against Fees and Cuts and the NUS National Officers that support such a protest. We want to pool all our resources to build a united fightback. We believe that such a demonstration should involve the education trade unions.
We have written to the National Campaign Against Fees and Cuts proposing a meeting to plan and coordinate the proposed autumn national demonstration.
In July the newly elected NUS National Executive will be having its first meeting. We believe that a proposal should be put forward for NUS to endorse the call for a national demo in the autumn and agree to join in with organising it.
The Student Assembly Against Austerity National Convention in January 2015 resolved to call an autumn demo if the NUS failed to do so.