The National Campaign Against Fees and Cuts is calling for maximum turnout for the NUS week of action on March 12th to 16th – with a national walkout on March 14th. There is now less than a month to go until we’re on the picket lines!
This strike is an opportunity for students and staff everywhere to take the fight to the government over its programme of cuts and privatisation, and make a stand for publicly funded, accessible education. We need to make a nation-wide impact, and demonstrate to Vice Chancellors and university managements that they must back us in our fight, not collaborate with the government.
Because the walkout and week of action is being called by NUS, students’ unions should be taking a lead on organising it. But we have to be ready to take on the fight if our local unions don’t, and to make sure that the walkout actually happens.
On March 14th, shut down your university.
- Don’t attend classes or lectures
- Organise picket lines at entrances and ask fellow students not to cross them
- Engage with students and staff: hand them leaflets and hold meetings to discuss the fight against fees and cuts
- If you can, occupy!
In the lead-up to the 14th, especially during the week of action:
- Hold meetings on your campus about fees, cuts, and the white paper
- Do banner drops and short sit-ins
- Organise city-wide or regional meetings to co-ordinate the strike
- Link up with staff on your campus – especially UCU branches – and get their support
- Help local school students to mobilise