Youth Fight for Education
for decent jobs - against fees - for EMA - for our futures!
What’s happening on June 30th?
On June 30th there is coordinated strike action planned by several public sector trade unions. As many as 1 million workers could be striking on this day. Three unions representing teachers and lecturers are among those taking part. This means thousands of schools, colleges, and universities are likely to be shut. Across the country this will be a day of mass protest against the government, with those on strike at the forefront.
Youth Fight for Education calls all students to take part in a student strike on the 30th, joining the demonstrations organised in solidarity with teachers and workers, saying no to education cuts - for our right to decent jobs and a decent future! Why’s the strike happening? Like students, public sector workers are currently under attack by the government. The workers taking action on June 30th are striking to defend their pensions. If the government gets its way, public sector workers will have to pay more, work longer and receive much smaller pensions. Many teachers could lose hundreds of thousands of pounds! The strike will also be an important part of building resistance to the government’s cuts agenda as a whole. It’s this agenda that gave us the increase in university fees, the scrapping of EMA and that is attempting to destroy the NHS and other public services.
Why should students care?
For us as students and young people, attacks on pensions might seem a bit distant, even irrelevant. Far from it, these are actually pressing issues for us in the present as well as in the future. With older people forced to work well into their sixties, we will find less and less jobs are available for us. While 1 in 5 young people are out of work, an older generation are expected to work until they drop! These pension cuts are also unquestionably linked with the attacks currently taking place on education and on all public services. Any blow dealt against the government is a blow against austerity - a blow against EMA cuts, tuition fee rises and education attacks. So if we support and take part in the strike on June 30th, we’ll be fighting for our futures too! What’s the point in striking - does it achieve anything? Mass protests, like the student demos at the end of last year and the 500,000 strong TUC march this spring, can have a big impact (e.g. we already won a year long extension of EMA for some students). But on their own, demonstrations of anger will not be enough to defeat cuts - not on the scale the Con-Dems are planning. For that, action which challenges the government more directly is needed. The ability of workers to strike is one of the most powerful weapons which ordinary people have. It’s working class people who produce the wealth in society, workers who run all the services which allows the system to operate, so it’s their ability to collectively refuse to work (going on strike) that gives them enormous potential power. The impact of the strike on the 30th will be increased by the fact that several different
trade unions will be taking part. But even this is only the first step in the fightback. What’s needed next is more generalised strike action - a 24-hour strike across the public sector should be the next big step. What should students do on the 30th? Students should strike in support of their teachers and lecturers, and in defence of their futures on June 30th. Where there are picket lines outside schools colleges and universities, we should join these in solidarity. Students should take part in the protests and rallies in town centres as well, uniting with workers in a day of mass action against the Con-Dem cuts. In France, students joinewd protests, walked out and went on strike against the government’s pension attacks there. Here in Britain we should do the same. Fighting the government’s cuts means fighting for our future. Strike - demonstrate - protest!
Support the ‘Jarrow March for Jobs’! Say no to education cuts and sky-high youth unemployment! Join the Youth fight for Jobs ‘Jarrow March’ The march is in October, on the 75th anniversary of the original Jarrow march against unemployment. On November 5th when the march arrives in London there will be a national demo for a decent future for young people. Students should support and mobilise for this march to help make it massive! For more information see www.jarrow2london2011.wordpress.com Join Youth Fight for Education! Text Join plus your name and the full name of your school or college to 07969119216. Or Join Online at www.youthfightforeducation.com. Or write to Youth Fight for Jobs PO BOX 858 London, E11 1YG. Or call 0208 588 7947.
Published on May 28, 2011
A leaflet produced by Youth fight for Education to coincide with the June 30th strike of education unions