Labour’s leaders are utterly failing to provide an alternative to education cuts says NUS Executive member on eve of mass student walk out
On the eve of the National Union of Students Day of Action (1) Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition (2) supporter Mark Bergfeld, a member of the NUS executive, said,
“The Coalition polices of cuts, privatisation and education for the rich are a wrecking ball aimed at education. The trebling of fees, the abolition of EMA and now the avalanche of cuts and course closures threaten to completely reshape education in the interests of big business and the wealthy.
“On Wednesday we march to demand that David Willetts goes as education secretary – and he takes all his rotten policies with them. The Tories and Lib Dems are out to make us pay for the bankers’ and bosses’ crisis – and Labour’s leaders are utterly failing to provide an alternative.
“It’s excellent that free education is one of TUSC’s central policies for the elections in London. Combined with TUSC’s general stance against cuts, it is important that students, young people in particular campaign for TUSC and vote for TUSC on 3 May.”
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Notes for editors
(1) The week of protest, lobbying and debate will focus around a national walkout on Wednesday 14 March at midday on campuses in every part of the UK and will see students take part marches, rallies, teach-ins, discussions, petition signings and other campaign actions. See: http://www.nus.org.uk/en/news/news/student-week-of-action-starts-around-the-country/
(2) The Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition stands in opposition to public spending cuts and privatisation, calls for investment in public services and public ownership and control of the major utilities, the repeal of the anti-trade union laws. For more information see: http://www.tusc.org.uk/
In London TUSC is standing only in the London-wide list section for the London Assembly Elections. It is not contesting for mayor or in the constituency section.