Socialist Worker

A call to action on Thursday 9 December

Published Fri 3 Dec 2010
Issue No. 2230

Thursday 9 December is the date when MPs will vote on whether to raise the cap on tuition fees to £9,000. This is the day to make a decisive stand—when workers and students need to walkout of classes, colleges, offices and factories to march on parliament.

The student movement has grown in size and militancy over the past three weeks—and if workers and students unite this can be the beginning of the end of the coalition government.

Activists are organising coaches from across the country to come to London, where there will be a march at 12 noon from the University of London Union in Malet Street, WC1E 7HY to Parliament.

The day before the vote will also see action nationwide. Protests, teach-ins, occupations and walkouts are being planned.

People’s Assemblies this weekend will cement the plans in each area.

Here’s what you can do:

  • School students: Hold a meeting in your school on Monday or Tuesday—organise your walkouts for Thursday and link up with other activists in your area.
  • College students: Protest, teach-in, occupy on Wednesday, walk out on Thursday.
  • University students: Host People’s Assemblies on Sunday to organise your plan of action. Protest and walkout on Wednesday, book coaches and contact local school and college students and trade unionists to get them to London on Thursday 9 December.
  • Education workers: The UCU union’s London region has called a lobby of parliament on the day of the vote. This can mean walkouts and solidarity with students. On 9 December the movement will be greatly strengthened by a huge turnout of workers on the day of the vote.
  • For workers outside of education: Invite students to do meetings in your workplace and send messages of support to the occupations. Join the People’s Assemblies on Sunday to strengthen the links between workers and students. On the day of the vote, organise protests, lunchtime demonstrations and walk out if you can. In London join the demonstration outside parliament.


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