BECTU members and branches are being encouraged to support the national rally and vigil against tuition fee increases on Thursday 9 December 2010.
6 December 2010
BECTU members and branches are being encouraged to lend their support to the University and College Union and to the National Union of Students as they work together in the run-up to the parliamentary vote on tuition fees this Thursday 9 December.
National rally and candlelit vigil, Thursday 9 December, Westminster
Sally Hunt and Aaron Porter, leaders of the two organisations, have appealed to all TUC affiliated unions to:
- support the days of action on local campuses on Wednesday 8 December; information from local UCU branches or from firstname.lastname@example.org;
- send messages of support to the lobby of parliament taking place on the day of the vote, Thursday 9 December. Messages to email@example.com
- lobby MPs, especially Lib Dem and Democratic Unionist Party MPs, to underline the scale of opposition to the fee increases.
In a letter to all TUC affiliates, Sally Hunt and Aaron Porter said:
"UCU and NUS have now announced the details of the peaceful protests we are organising on 9 December, the day that the House of Commons votes on tuition fees.
"We are writing to ask you to support our nationally organised events to show the whole movement supports us.
"There are countless initatives around at the moment but what university staff and students need is your support for our national rally and candlelit vigil. The rally, which is the only official event organised by the NUS and UCU, is currently scheduled to start at 3pm at the Westminster end of Victoria Embankment ... the candlelit vigil is likely to begin at around 4.30pm.
"UCU and NUS protests will be peaceful and with public safetly - especially that of children - paramount.
"Our campaign is already having a massive impact upon the political situation in general and the anti-cuts agenda in particular."