On the day the Welsh Government published its draft budget, including a 12.2% cut to education, Youth Fight For Jobs Wales has issued a press release announcing an All Wales Demonstration and Student Assembly on 21st and 22nd October respectively.
Students and workers in Universities and Colleges from across Wales will converge on the Senedd at midday on October 21st to take a clear anti-cuts message to the Welsh Government.
Jaime Davies, Trinity-St David student and national organiser of Youth Fight for Jobs Wales, said “The National Assembly for Wales has, for the second year in a row, announced plans to cut Wales’s education budget. Welsh students face higher fees, ALG and an already-diminished EMA are under threat, and Universities and Colleges workers’ pay and pensions are under attack. If students in other countries can study without fees, then so can we.”
Andrew Tindall of Aber Students Against Cuts, a student at Aberystwyth University who played a role in the occupation there against education cuts, said “The planned reforms for Higher Education across the UK are a neo-liberal attack on society, on education, and on the poor. Cuts to funding, the trebling of tuition fees for rest-of-uk students, and mergers of univeristies almost a hundred miles apart means students will be paying more for less course quality, less course diversity, less institutional choice.”
Last year, student demonstrations in Cardiff pressured the Welsh Assembly into retaining EMA.
Activists organising the demonstration have prepared a list of realistic, easily-implementable demands including:
- No to tuition fees
- Restore EMA to its full value and maintain ALG
- No to minimum wage discrimination; fair wages for all workers
- Guaranteed jobs at the end of an apprenticeship
- Create jobs, not dole and business handouts.
- No to public sector cuts; invest and nationalise to end the recession
Edmund Schluessel, who helped organise the student demonstrations in Cardiff, noted, “each of these demands has already been achieved somewhere in Europe. Why should students and young people in Wales, or anywhere in Britain, be given a worse deal than students on the continent?”
Youth Fight for Jobs is supported by eight trade unions including UCU, Unite, TSSA, RMT, CWU, FBU and PCS, and is currently undertaking the New Jarrow March, which ends in London on November 5th with a mass demonstration against government cutbacks and for job creation.
The All-Wales Demonstration and All-Wales Student Assembly are initiated by Youth Fight for Jobs & Education Wales and supported by Campaign Against Fees & Cuts Cymru (provisional committee).
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