UCU branches
United Kingdom

Thursday 9th December is the date that the Government has determined for the debate on the raising of the fee cap. The University and Colleges Union (UCU) and the National Union of Students (NUS) have called for a mass lobby of Parliament on that day, and are coordinating transport to that end.

The University of London Union (ULU) and the Education Activists' Network (EAN) have called a demonstration from Malet Street to Parliament. It is supported by the London Region of UCU.

At the UCU's Higher Education Sector Conference an emergency motion was adopted without opposition which called for congratulations to the students who had led the campaign against the scrapping of the Educational Maintenance Allowance and against the raising of fees to £9,000. It also called for a national mobilisation for a London demonstration and lobby of Parliament on the day that raising the fee cap was to be debated.

It is unfortunate that the National Executive Committee (NEC) of the UCU has not been able to meet at this crucial time to consider this and other proposals for resisting the Government's policy on Further and Higher Education.

Consequently, we, the undersigned members of the UCU's NEC and others, urge all students and staff to make every effort to attend the demonstration called by the ULU and the EAN in London, and to join the UCU/NUS lobby of Parliament.  

We urge all branches to support the call from the students' movement for solidarity from the colleges and the universities. We urge branches to work with students to book the necessary transport immediately, and to raise support for the demonstration and lobby throughout their institutions.

We urge branches fully to engage with the UCU/NUS call to organise local protests on the 8th December to build support for the demonstration and lobby on the 9th December.

NEC members (30):
Jim Wolfreys
Tom Hickey
Alan Whittaker
Gargi Battacharrya
Sue Blackwell
David Armstrong
Ron Mendel
Stephen Desmond
Gavin Reid
Jean Crocker
Malcolm Povey
James Eaden
Laura Miles
Marion Hersh
Sean Vernell
Richard McEwan
Alison Gander
Alison Lord
Jane Hardy
John Murphy
Maeve Landman
Mark Campbell
Karen Evans
Dave Gibson
Christine Vie
Alan Barker
Bill Gulam
Lorraine Monk
Angi McConnell
Jim Thakoordin

plus others:
Jeannie Robinson, East Midlands Regional Secretary
Sean Wallis, Sec London Region HE and Branch Sec UCL.

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