Greater Manchester Demo For Free Education Saturday October 24th Noon All Saints Park (off Oxford Road).
Part of the national day of action against cuts and privatisation in further and higher education, and the focus in Greater Manchester centres on All Saints Park, off Oxford Road, which will see a demonstration from midday.
⠂Stop attacks on further education – stop the cuts at Salford City College
⠂Stop outsourcing jobs at the University of Manchester
⠂Save maintenance grants in higher education
⠂Support the fight against the new junior doctors' contract
"Schools, colleges and universities across Manchester are suffering from widespread attacks from the Tory government" state the organisers "Further education has been subject to brutal funding cuts and the eradication of maintenance allowance (EMA). Right now Salford City College's Walkden campus is faced with a 53% cut and the loss 57 jobs.
"Higher education fees have tripled to £9,000 which put it further under the control of the market and profit" they add "The Tories are going to replace maintenance grants with loans, burdening the poorest students with yet more debt. The University of Manchester made a profit of £46 million last year, yet has put over 250 staff at risk of losing their jobs.
"In the NHS, junior doctors and medical students are faced with an unsafe and unfair new contract which demands longer hours in worse conditions" they explain "But despite these attacks on their rights at work and on the NHS as a public service, they are balloting for strike action to fight against it.
"In short, the Government is selling off our future" they add "But free education and living grants are not pipe dreams. They can be funded by taxing the rich and clamping down on tax avoidance. We won't get the world we want by asking nicely, though. Another education is possible. Join us on the streets to demand it."
Greater Manchester Demo For Free Education
Saturday October 24th
All Saints Park noon
See the Facebook event page for further details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1506760246315122/