The Christmas holidays have seen a small break in action for some, but now term is restarting and there are actions and demonstrations planned around Manchester throughout the coming weeks. This Monday 28 students and education workers from across Greater Manchester gathered at an Education Activist Network meeting to discuss the next steps in the campaign. There was discussion regarding the 29th January when students across the country are mobilising for a major march again. In London EAN, NCAFC and the UCU have organised a march to continue the student movement into the new year. In Manchester the TUC have called a rally against youth unemployment and education cuts together with NUS and UCU in Platt Fields park. We decided to support the rally in Manchester but to put a call out for there to be a march from the rally into the centre of Manchester. The students have so far been at the head of this movement. We have organised three marches in Manchester and taken hundreds to march in London. We welcome the support of the TUC and NUS for our movement but will not allow ourselves to become sidelined in the movement. We have taken a lead and called for everyone to leave the rally at 2pm and march into town.
We also discussed the next day of action over EMA on 26th January. The college students their called for a protest starting after college had finished to see students marching into the city centre from all their schools and colleges across Manchester. The day of the vote on EMA has since been announced so the date of this action may change.
The Roscoe occupation has formed as an official society within the university of Manchester, although members are welcome from across the city. Meetings are planned throughout the month, keep your eyes on the facebook account for details!
The next term will see an already unpopular government push on making even more cuts every week. We call on students to continue the fight every week there are more lives destroyed by these cuts and more people to join the fight. The lecturers union the UCU will be balloting for strike action we fully support the lecturers in their fight urge them to vote yes to taking strike action and will be doing everything we can to win support for the lecturers in the student body and wider society.
With the restarting of term we will be holding two meetings in the University to continue to build the campaign. 20th January at 5pm we will be holding an organising meeting and on Thursday 3rd February 5pm we will be holding the first meeting of the term. We urge as many people as possible to come to our meetings and help us build the biggest campaign possible.
15th-16th January all weekend – Network X, MMU Students Union.
20th January 5pm Organising meeting for cuts group in Man Uni all welcome
26th January 4pm save our EMA protest all colleges across Greater Manchester called by Greater Manchester EAN
29th January 1pm assemble Platt Fields park for rally against cuts and youth unemployment and education cuts called by TUC, PCS, NUS and UCU
2pm march from Platt Fields Park to Manchester Town Hall called by Greater Manchester Education Activist Network
30th January National student assembly London transport tba
3rd February 5pm first meeting of new anti cuts society in Manchester University all welcome
26th March National march against the Cuts. London. Called by Trade Union Congress