UCL occupation press notice

PRESS NOTICE… PRESS NOTICE…

HUNDREDS OF UCL STUDENTS ARE STAGING AN OCCUPATION IN PROTEST AT RISES IN FEES AND CUTS TO EDUCATION

Students occupying UCL have said: We stand against fees and savage cuts to higher education and government attempts to force society to pay for a crisis it didn’t cause. Promises have been broken, the political process has failed and we have been left with no other option.

“We stand in solidarity with all those fighting these cuts nationally and internationally. These cuts are a product of ideology and not necessity. Join us!”

We demand that UCL:
  • Issue a statement condemning all cuts to higher education and the rise in tuition fees.
  • Implement a complete open books policy with regards to existing budget constraints.
  • Ensure no redundancies for teaching, research or support staff.
  • Reverse its outsourcing policy by bringing staff back in-house
  • Implement the full living wage package for all cleaning, catering and security staff with no cuts to hours and jobs.
  • Ensure no victimisation or repercussions for anyone participating in the occupation.
  • Allow free access in and out of the occupation.


 

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17 Responses to UCL occupation press notice

  1. Pingback: UCL occupation press notice « The Global Awakening

  2. UCL anon says:

    I support your demands. Maybe take down the poster in the window that simply reads ‘fuck’

  3. James says:

    It might be better if you what UCL is an abbreviation for, other than that, thank you to you all

  4. James says:

    It might be better if you divulge what UCL is an abbreviation for, other than that, thank you to you all.

  5. Hayrr X says:

    Solidarity from The Ear Institute.

  6. Ted says:

    Guys, my full support!!!!!!!!!
    How about partying for a week near Nick’s home. It will drive him mental.
    Just an idea.

  7. Athens says:

    Solidarity from Athens, Greece!
    Go on!

  8. UCL anon says:

    Dear UCL UCU member

    This is to inform colleagues that following a short lunchtime protest, a significant number of UCL students decided to peacefully occupy the Jeremy Bentham Room in the Wilkins Building in protest at the Government’s cuts in Education.
    They have collectively drawn up a list of certain demands to be placed on UCL management, calling on them to
    Issue a statement condemning all cuts to higher education and the rise in tuition fees
    Implement a complete ‘open books’ policy with regards to existing budget constraints
    Ensure no redundancies for teaching, research or support staff
    Reverse its outsourcing policy by bringing staff back in-house
    Implement the full living wage package for all cleaning, catering and security staff with no cuts to hours and jobs
    Ensure no victimisation or repercussions for anyone participating in the occupation
    Allow free access in and out of the occupation.
    UCL UCU Executive agreed today to lend our support to the students because their cause is just. National UCU policy agreed at Congress 2010 (see APPENDIX 1) calls for branches to support student protests, up to and including occupations of colleges, in defence of Higher Education. We encourage staff to visit the students and express their support.

    On Monday, our members voted to defend students victimised as a result of the demonstrations on 10 November. We therefore encourage our members to take part in and build this peaceful occupation, and call on UCL management to join the public movement to defend Education, and openly condemn the government’s proposals.

    We further call on UCL management to respect the fact that students do not take such actions lightly and that this protest, which is directed primarily against Government policy, should be allowed to go ahead without the use of physical force or disciplinary threats against participants.

    Messages of support for the students can be sent to ucloccupation@gmail.com. They have also set up a blog on https://ucloccupation.wordpress.com/.

    Please forward this message to colleagues.

    UCL UCU Executive Committee

    APPENDIX 1: CONGRESS RESOLUTION, 2010 Higher Education Sector Conference
    HE18 Solidarity with our students

    Conference notes:
    – The recent wave of student protests against education cuts at a number of universities, including Sussex, Westminster and London Met.

    Conference believes:
    – The development of a vibrant student movement is a key ingredient in a successful fight against education cuts and job losses, and that UCU must seek alliances with students and their organisations in that fight.

    Conference resolves to:
    – Urge branches to work with local student representatives to plan joint campaigning in order to better resist education cuts and job losses;
    – Organise joint campaigning and co-ordinated actions with national NUS, and local student anti-cuts campaigns, as and when possible;
    – Support the right of student self-activity (including occupations and other non-violent direct actions) in defending staff jobs and education provision;
    – Support any student faced with victimisation for taking part in non-violent direct action in support of staff unions and in defence of staff jobs and education provision.
    http://www.ucu.org.uk/circ/html/UCU270.html

    PASSED UNANIMOUSLY

    Rob Jones is away.

    Sean Wallis
    branch secretary, UCL UCU
    020 7679 3120 (int. 33120)

    Website: http://www.ucl.ac.uk/unions/UCU

  9. Malcolm McLachlan says:

    Full support from a “slightly” older student in Exeter. Good luck!

  10. Bristolboy says:

    Good luck from a working young person (out o university 18 months ago!).

  11. juicy says:

    unity and love from roehampton uni

  12. Steph says:

    Good work guys – keep it up!!! from KCL.

  13. Dan says:

    Good luck and solidarity!

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  15. Dear UCL Occupiers,

    Greetings and solidarity from Climate Rush. We fully support your demands; and note that during a time of climatic and social crisis government spending cuts will serve only to exacerbate the problems faced by society.

    In order to combat social inequality and climate change new ways of thinking are required. As such people from all social, cultural, ethnic and economic backgrounds need to be encouraged and supported in higher education.

    Cuts to the UK higher education budget and increased tuition fees run directly contrary to this.

    Good luck and keep in there.

    Climate Rush.

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