Join the Socialist Party Join us today!

Printable version Printable version

Facebook   Twitter

Link to this page: https://secure.socialistparty.org.uk/articles/10946

Posted on 12 January 2011 at 17:17 GMT

Halifax students march against EMA cuts

Around 40 college and school students marched in Halifax on Tuesday 11 January to protest against the Con-Dem coalition's plans to scrap Education Maintenance Allowance (EMA), the weekly payment that some college students receive to enable them to be at college.

The protesters marched through Halifax chanting: "David Cameron hear us say, EMA is here to stay" and "No ifs, no buts, no education cuts" as we made our way firstly to the town hall, to demand that should the government force through its cuts, that Halifax's Labour council should campaign for funds so that EMA can continue as well the public services it is currently planning to cut.

We then moved on to the Halifax bank headquarters where we protested against the obscene bonuses that the bankers are yet again giving themselves and called for the wealth of the banks to be used to benefit all in society, not just an elite. As a few speakers explained, this would require nationalising the banks, not by giving them huge bailouts like the previous Labour government did, but by taking them under democratic workers' control.

We will be having an organising meeting at the weekend to plan further steps for the campaign.

Iain Dalton, Youth Fight for Jobs & Education, Yorkshire organiser

Student protest in Nottingham

Tuesday 11 January saw students from schools, colleges and universities all over Nottingham come to the Old Market Square to show the local council and the people of Nottingham that we, as a student population are not going to give up, we are not going to back down and we will win this fight against the ideological hacking of all services, including education.

After a small rally in the square, we moved off to march to Vodafone and rallied outside the store resulting in the store closing for the rest of the working day. When we felt we had made our point we moved off to march directly to the Nottingham Conservative Party's offices, gathering momentum and building in numbers as we went. The anger was so contagious that many students who hadn't heard of our march joined us and by the time we reached the Tory offices we were at a number of around 200 to 300.

When we got there however one of our group was arrested for alleged vandalism. The brutal treatment he got was massively uncalled for, and when a few of our group tried to help the 16 year old student, the police started to lash out at them, kicking, punching and throwing them onto the floor. The protest was peaceful and always had been planned that way, yet the police were already on the offensive despite none of us being violent towards them.

We then decided to hold a small rally outside the police station, but the student was moved off to another location, so we marched to that police station too, still gathering numbers.

But on the way to the station one of the school students saw a Vodafone store and immediately sprang towards it, and the march then became an occupation of this particular store.

What impressed me most was not the number of people, the support of people not on the march nor the young age of some of the protesters, but their ability to make an instant connection between EMA being axed and tuition fees being hiked, and Vodafone's 6 billion in unpaid tax.

Stuart Lambert

Truro students march to save EMA

Around 40 students and activists marched over two miles to County Hall in Truro on 11 January in protest against the government's scrapping of the Education Maintenance Allowance. The demonstrators marched with placards saying 'Don't ConDem Us to Unemployment', chanting 'Education for the masses, not just for the ruling classes'. The march was met with huge support from members of the public.

Upon arriving at County Hall, the main Cornwall council building, the protesters continued chanting and many members of staff and councillors offered their support. The cold weather and exam period had meant many could not attend but the atmosphere was incredibly positive.

Six protesters got into the main council meeting and began putting up anti-cuts posters and shouting 'no ifs, no buts, no education cuts', before being removed. The short occupation shifted the council debate from the topic of an adult products store in the city to the more important matter of education.

Max Stephens, a college student and activist, said: "The fightback has started and we invite people in Cornwall to join us in solidarity in future actions." Lisa Camps, another main organiser, echoed this: "We won't let our voices be drowned out amid the government's vehemently anti-student rhetoric."

The EMA helps thousands of students from low-income backgrounds in Cornwall and across the country continue with further education, so our demonstration was an important part of the overall campaign against the cuts.

Cornwall Anti-Cuts Alliance will be meeting in Truro on 22 January to discuss the next steps in the anti-cuts struggle; students, workers, activists and local people are urged to come. The group can be contacted on 07412 477 292 and found on Facebook.

Josiah Mortimer

Why not click here to join the Socialist Party, or click here to donate to the Socialist Party.






Related links:

EMA:

triangleCorbyn's alternative for young people

triangleJarrow March: an inspiring show of solidarity between workers and youth

triangleKnowsley: No A-level education on offer

triangleTories plan further fee hikes for uni students

Students:

triangle'Roses are red, violets are blue, BP and Shell - we're coming for you'

triangleSocialist Students says democratise the climate strike movement

triangleLeicester Socialist Party: Uniting students and strikers in struggle

triangleYoung people who voted for Corbyn's manifesto will now ask... How can we win those ideas?

Cuts:

triangleStop Newham Labour's cuts and gentrification

triangleCuts and climate change cause floods

triangleCallous Tory cuts to children's speech therapy in Nottinghamshire

Halifax:

triangleThem & Us

triangleHuddersfield and Halifax Socialist Party: The origins of the Second World War

Education:

triangleStriking to fight education cuts and marketisation

Reports and campaigns

Reports and campaigns

19/2/20

UCU

Striking to fight education cuts and marketisation

19/2/20

Rhondda Cynon Taff

Keep the pressure on to save Royal Glam A&E

19/2/20

Climate change

'Roses are red, violets are blue, BP and Shell - we're coming for you'

19/2/20

Newham

Stop Newham Labour's cuts and gentrification

19/2/20

Unite

London bus rep dismissal update

19/2/20

Birmingham

Support Clive Walder

19/2/20

East London

East London anti-academy strikes escalate

19/2/20

Peterborough

Peterborough food workers picket and protest against pay changes

19/2/20

NEU

Sixth-form strikers stand firm for increased funding

19/2/20

Unite

Unite union executive council elections

19/2/20

CWU

CWU: Build for a massive Yes vote in Royal Mail

19/2/20

Hackney

Hackney parking wardens strike for 15 an hour

19/2/20

The Socialist

Socialist sellers

19/2/20

The Socialist

The Socialist: Unrivalled coverage with ideas to change society

19/2/20

Environment

Socialist Students says democratise the climate strike movement

triangleMore Reports and campaigns articles...


Join the Socialist Party
Subscribe to Socialist Party publications
Donate to the Socialist Party
Socialist Party Facebook page
Socialist Party on Twitter
Visit us on Youtube

LATEST POSTS

CONTACT US

Phone our national office on 020 8988 8777

Email: info@socialistparty.org.uk

Locate your nearest Socialist Party branch Text your name and postcode to 07761 818 206

Regional Socialist Party organisers:

Eastern: 079 8202 1969

East Mids: 077 3797 8057

London: 020 8988 8786

North East: 078 4114 4890

North West 079 5437 6096

South West: 077 5979 6478

Southern: 078 3368 1910

Wales: 079 3539 1947

West Mids: 024 7655 5620

Yorkshire: 077 0671 0041

ABOUT US

ARCHIVE

Alphabetical listing


February 2020

January 2020

2019

2018

2017

2016

2015

2014

2013

2012

2011

2010

2009

2008

2007

2006

2005

2004

2003

2002

2001

2000

1999