The NUS President Liam Burns has called a national demonstration for November 21st, 2012. In a video message to delegates at the NUS Further Education Leadership training event for newly elected officers in colleges and sixth forms, President Liam Burns has announced that NUS is calling on students to march in London on Wednesday 21 November.
Source: NUS Website
In his video Liam said that students were angry about a whole range of things and called on them to come to London and tell politicians what they want to see being debated at the next general election. The video is at the bottom of this news article.
Talking to the delegates, Liam said, “You’ve got a lot to be angry about. You’ve had your education systematically attacked across the board by the coalition. And even if you get to the other end, what have you got to look forward to?
“Youth unemployment is at an all-time high, getting on the property ladder is next to impossible and we don’t even have the safety net of pensions to look forward to any more.
“In a year in which there are no votes in parliament and no legislation coming before politicians, it’s about time we started setting the agenda.”
Students should immediately start talking to their students’ unions about plans for the demonstration and the issues they want to see addressed by politicians. It could be the cost of college and university, financial support, job prospects, difficulties renting or buying a home, or something as distant as worries about pensions and retirement.
UWE Students' Union executive committee will be discussing the national demonstration over the coming weeks. More information will follow.