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29 January demonstration in Manchester

January 24, 2011

On Saturday 29 January, UCU is joining with the TUC and the National Union of Students to host a march and rally in Manchester for ‘A Future that Works’.

March route 29 JanuaryThe rally’s themes are the cuts in access to education and its impact on young people. The abolition of the Education Maintenance Allowance, the increase in university tuition fees, record levels of youth unemployment. The coalition government’s programme of vicious and unnecessary cuts are hitting Britain’s young people hard. Routes into education and employment are being squeezed as young people are made to pick up the bill for a financial crisis they didn’t create.

Manchester has been chosen because the North West has the highest rate of youth unemployment in the UK and because the city has both the largest university and college in the country.

‘A Future that Works’ will highlight the impact of the recession and the coalition government’s cuts programme on young workers and young people in general – and promote the trade union, student movement and partner organisation campaign against the cuts and for the alternatives. ‘A Future that Works’ is being hosted by the TUC in partnership with the National Union of Students and the UCU. We are also working closely with colleagues from PCS and as can be seen below Unison and others.

Full details of the march route and rally can be found, together with a map, here:

A coach organised by Leeds UCU will leave Leeds at 9am from teh Parkinson steps, tickets for this are £7 and can be ordered from Sue Redhead in advance.

We will assemble from 10.30am at University Place, opposite The Manchester Museum. The march will begin at 11.00am.  The Rally will begin in Platt Fields Park at 1.00pm and finish by 3.00pm. Speakers will include local, regional and national representatives from UCU and other unions, the TUC, NUS and other partner organisations.

Click here for the TUC page on this event
Click here for the NUS page on this event

On the same day in London: “United for Education”

The Education Activist Network (EAN) and the National Campaign Against Fees (NCAFC) are organising a London march and rally on 29 January in London.  UCU is supporting the event. Further details of the assembly point and the route as well as a flyer to download are available from the organisers here:

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