Wednesday, 8 December 2010

Week of activity

This coming week will be a week of protests against government cuts. Both locally and nationally, people are taking to the streets to oppose tuition fee increases, abolition of the Education Maintenance Allowance, cuts to higher and further education and the closure of 20 local youth centres.

These are key campaigns which, if they are successful, will lead the way to further victories in the fight to defend public services.

On Wednesday, UCU and NUS have called a day of local action against education cuts and tuition fee increases. There will be a lunchtime protest at Oxford and Cherwell Valley College, Oxpens Road (12.45pm-1.15pm) called by OCVC UCU and an evening rally in Bonn Square (5pm) called by Ruskin UCU and supported by Oxfordshire Anti-Cuts Alliance.

On Thursday, there will be a national demonstration called by London Region UCU and University of London Students Union. Oxfordshire Unison Health, Oxford UCU and Right to Work have booked coaches leaving 9.30am from outlide the Taylorian Institute, St Giles. To book places, call 07890081211.

On Friday, Save Our Youth Services have called a demonstration at 5pm outside David Cameron's Office, High Street Witney, against the closure of 20 local youth centres.

Next Monday, there will be lunchtime protests against cutting Education Maintenance Allowance, which supports 16-19 year olds to continue in education. Further details will be sent later in the week.

Further ahead, we are calling a lobby outside the County Council Cabinet meeting 2pm on 21stDecember. This will be an opportunity to draw together all our concerns about local and national cuts and demand that our local political representatives act on them.

This coming week will be crucial in terms of showing the strength of feeling against government cuts and also people's willingness to fight them. Please make every effort to get involved in as many events as you can.

Oxfordshire Anti-Cuts Alliance

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