College and School Students Walk Out November 24th!

The Browne Review into Higher Education funding is the largest attack on young people, school, college and university students that we have faced in decades.

The action we call now to defend universal education must be both swift and radical.
Removing the cap on tuition fees, the Browne Review will make university a place for only the rich.
By allowing variable fees, universities will be pitched against each other – some will survive, many will be left to die. By removing government funding for arts and humanities, going to university will no longer be for enriching culture and learning new things. It will be solely for the purpose of career-based training. Combined with 35 per cent cut backs to courses whole departments will be destroyed.

The Tories’ spending review also called for EMA to be made only available to the most disadvantaged students.

No to the fees! No to the cuts! Save EMA! All out to defend education!

Make the walkout happen

Walkouts have been one of the major ways school and college students in Britain have traditionally shown their discontent.

They took place at hundreds of schools and colleges against the Iraq war in 2003, against “third world” debt in 2005, and several colleges walked out against cuts and privatisation in 2009-10, including the Dover Christ Church Academy this month.

University students haven’t staged a walkout for a while in Britain. But last year we did manage an impressive wave of occupations against the attacks on Gaza, and many universities occupied lecture theatres and even management offices against cuts.

Now, with the very nature of further and higher education under threat school students, college students and university students need to fight together. This isn’t just phrasemongering – if we are to defeat the proposals of the Browne Review we need to build a mass movement like the current general strikes in France.

That’s why a school, college and uni walkout out is a vital first step for us to take, demonstrating our unity in action.


Organise a time

First off, we need to find and talk to the small groups of students in our school/college/university who are most in favour of walking out.

Agree what time you will meet up on the morning of 24 November, BEFORE the official walkout time of 11am – 10am is probably a good time, at school, 8.30am might be better.

This will allow you to catch students on their way into school/college/uni and get them to join the protest on the day itself.


Spread the word

Use email, facebook, texts, phone calls to advertise the time AND PLACE of your protest. But it may be wise to set up an anonymous email address and facebook profile so you don’t end up getting personally victimised.

If at any point you are asked who has organised the protest, say it “has been organised collectively by lots of students together”
You should organise some leafletings by downloading our NATIONAL LEAFLET at ANTICUTS.COM, writing on the details of your local meet-up point. Take it to your local cornershop for photocopying, cut them up and hand it out to as many students as possible.

If you go to school, you should be discreet about doing this, don’t hand them out openly next to the entrance of your school or you will get in trouble. But as long as you are not on school property, you have a democratic right to hand out leaflets.


In towns and cities where colleges, schools and universities are close together, we want the protests to converge.

In the weeks before the walkout, contact us if you need help finding the people organising walkouts at other schools/colleges/unis in your area.

In particular, we would like to see university students planning to march around their campus, bursting into lecture theatres and spreading the word.

Then they should march to the next school/college/uni, picking up local protests, so the demonstration gets larger and larger. This is called a “flying picket”.

On the day
Make sure you turn up to your initial meeting point (which should be in a highly visible location) with placards, whistles, and good chants. We will list some suggestions below

Grab students planning to go into their lessons, and persuade them to join your protest.

After creating lots of noise and pulling in lots of students it is time to take to the streets! Don’t be afraid to block traffic if you have enough people and most importantly:


When you’ve linked up and converged with other walkouts in your area march around your local town and city.

You can finish up with speeches, a meeting on how to continue the struggle, or even occupying a building at the local university if uni students agree this is possible.

As soon as you can, send short reports and photographs of your demonstration to us.



Angry protest in Lewisham against cuts…

“An angry mob brought proceedings to a standstill at Lewisham Town Hall last night as Mayor Steve Bullock presented the first round of cuts to public services to be made in the borough.
Around 100 people of all ages and backgrounds gathered outside the Town Hall in a demonstration called by local Unions and Lewisham Anti-Cuts Alliance (1). Impassioned speeches were heard whilst pissed of College students played with the traffic as Lewisham residents demanded No Ifs, No Buts, No Lewisham Cuts.

The protesters then moved inside where some people were admitted to the meetings but around 40 people were refused access by twitchy security. Chants rang out again from buth inside and outside the meeting until eventually the door was opened and the last remaining protesters entered the room to join the noisy crowd inside. Tory lacky Bullock threw several strops at the disruption before halting the meeting all together.

Police were called, a large security presence entered the room and the meeting was reconvened about fifteen minutes later. This allowed petitions containing the names of around 20,000 people to be presented to the Councillors demanding that Lewisham Libraries stay open.

A Lib Dem and Labour councillor were effectively drowned out in the noise as people banged on the walls chanting Shame On You and No Tory Cuts. When Mayor Bullock spoke, chants of Cut Your Wages appeared to leave him visibly shaken.

Councillors will meet on the 29th November to vote on the cuts. Another demonstration is planned then (2) which promises to be much larger as resistance to the cuts grows across the borough.

Meetings, demonstrations and protests are being organised across the Capital as an unprecedented anger sweeps the country at the chinless twats in Government. The students, who aren’t going anywhere (3), showed the way at Millbank and it is quickly becoming clear that it was just the beginning. With all three main political parties lining up against the working class the only meaningful sound left in politics is that of breaking glass.




Hackney Unison members show willingness to fight cuts in indicative ballot!

“ overwhelming majority in favour of taking action to defend jobs and services and although the turnout was relatively low, in terms of an indicative ballot participation has been good.”

John Pilger calls for civil disobedience against the cuts

“The BA workers, the firefighters, the council workers, the post office workers, the NHS workers, the London Underground staff, the teachers, the lecturers, the students can more than match the French if they are resolute and imaginative, forging, with the wider social justice movement, potentially the greatest popular resistance ever. Look at the web; listen to the public’s support at fire stations. There is no other way now. Direct action. Civil disobedience. Unerring. Read Shelley and do it.”

Forget Efficencies! This is Armageddon! Hackney Unison updates..

As if the Coalition wasn’t content with systematically destroying the public sector over four years it is now requiring councils to make the bulk of cuts next year resulting in maximum chaos for workers and service users alike.  Hackney council had already identified around £18 million worth of cuts for next year and had to find another £7 million to meet its target of £25 million. This represented around 7% of the council budget.

The council plan based was to save around 7% per year for the next four years and this was based on the cuts announced by the Chancellor during last months Comprehensive Spending Review. Although this would have led to significant reductions in service levels and cuts to jobs it would have allowed the council to manage the transition better thus mitigating some of the worst effects of the government’s plans. The decision of the Chancellor to insist that most of the cuts are made in 2011/12 is devastating news for everyone involved as Jules Pipe pointed out last week on ITV London news: