At the last meeting of the Union Executive Committee, Hull University Union pledged an initial £300 to aid anti-cuts campaigns around the country that are not supported by their respective students’ unions/guilds/associations.
The background to this decision is the horrifically violent cuts that are taking place in Higher Education and student leaders’ lack of support for grass-roots anti-cuts campaigns.
It’s no surprise of course that with the current political dearth and apathy on our campuses and in our unions, student leaders are not willing to take up ownership of anti-cuts campaigns. But to not even give notional support, or in the case of Leeds Student union actively support the cuts and defend them to students is truly a disgrace.
Progressive unions such as Sussex and Hull who aid and support democratic anti-cuts campaigns on their campuses have a duty to expose, embarrass and undermine fellow leaders who refuse to support their members and workers in their respective institutions. More importantly however is the practical solidarity these organisations are in the position to give to disenfranchised anti-cuts campaigns across the country.
Demand that our Unions and the NUS support us!
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Chris Marks, Vice-President (Education), Hull University Union.