The Labour manifesto commitment to phase out tuition fees would throw into reverse the years of marketisation in education and re-open access to education for many disadvantaged students.
This single policy, if implemented, would make a massive difference to the lives of ordinary families and is in line with national UCU policy.
We believe that UCU members need to fight to see the implementation of the end of tuition fees, that means that we need to encourage staff and students to ‘vote for education’ on 8 June.
UCU branches must work with NUS and other campus unions to encourage voter registration before the 22 May deadline as UCU has argued nationally.
The London Region of UCU has called a ‘vote for education’ day of action on 24 May. This is a great initiative and it could and should be replicated by as many regions, colleges and universities as possible.
The election on 8 June will shape post 16 education for years to come.
The Tories HE Bill forced through the Commons in the final pre-election days shows what Theresa May’s vision of education is all about, privatisation.
We now have the chance to get something better. Let’s fight for it.
Support the London Region UCU Day of Action
London Region UCU has called a day of action “Vote for Education” to mobilise the anti-Tory vote amongst staff and students next Wednesday 24 May.
The day has 3 parts:
- Organise activity at your college or university to encourage staff and students to “Vote for Education”. You can download the manifesto to distribute here
- Bring staff and students down to Old Palace Yard for 5.30pm to rally around the London Region “Vote for Education” banner, bring your branch UCU banners along. Link to map
- Come to the 1,000 strong TES election hustings with Justine Greening, Angela Rayner and John Pugh at the Emmanuel Centre Westminster (10 mins walk from Old Palace Yard) from 6.30pm to 8pm, register your free place Here
Join us in our call to:
. Scrap HE and FE tuition fees
• Reverse the HE Bill
• Bring back the Education Maintenance Allowance for FE Students
• Reverse the historic neglect of FE and increase funding
• Fund 10,000 new FE lecturers