Join the Socialist Party Join us today!

Printable version Printable version

Facebook   Twitter

Link to this page: http://www.socialistparty.org.uk/articles/11272

Posted on 2 March 2011 at 17:00 GMT

Dundee youth mobilise against the cuts

On Monday 28 February young people marched from local schools and colleges to Dundee City Chambers to protest against education cuts as the council's education committee met.

They joined trade unionists, parents opposing the closure of a local nursery and students from Dundee University in the city square. The protest, swelling to nearly 100, was so loud it nearly drowned out the councillors debating inside.

Matt Dobson and Alice Harrold

The SNP administration voted through 4.1 million cuts to schools and nurseries in the city. School students had been mobilised against plans for a "city campus" where classes for advanced higher courses will merge, with pupils having to travel across the city to attend.

Pupils at Morgan Academy, through a petition which has gained hundreds of signatures, have raised concerns about job losses and education being run on the cheap that have been arrogantly dismissed by SNP councillors.

Dundee College students also face cuts of 4 million with the college management planning to axe 21 'non-profitable' courses such as music and creative arts.

College student Kieran Orr explained: "Music students are not going to have a chance to continue their courses next year. For me, these cuts will mean I will not get a decent job in the future".

The protest was coordinated by Youth Fight for Jobs activists who assisted students from the schools and colleges in mobilising for the council meeting.

Harris Academy student and Dundee Youth Fight for Jobs organiser Wayne Scott was widely quoted in the local press calling for a city wide campaign to fight education cuts.

The SNP adminstration were clearly rattled by the protest, using the police to block the entrance to the meeting. After a struggle and a loud debate some protesters were allowed into the chambers' public viewing gallery but most were excluded.

An opposition councillor raised to loud applause that to exclude the public in this manner was unprecedented. This point was ignored by the SNP chair of the meeting.

Feeling under pressure from the protest the SNP withdrew a "cost saving" proposal to close the Law Nursery site and merge it with a local primary school.

Concerned parents had mobilised a deputation to speak to the council but the SNP education convenor Liz Fordyce arrogantly dismissed calls for a debate and refused to give reasons why the SNP had dropped the proposal.

This victory and the successful mobilisation of young people will further boost the anti-cuts movement in the city. Youth Fight For Jobs is calling for a city wide campaign linking up school, college and university students to fight education cuts.

A day of action has been called on 8 March to coincide with the one-day strike of lecturers at Dundee University against job losses.

Why not click here to join the Socialist Party, or click here to donate to the Socialist Party.






Related links:

Dundee:

triangleScotland: Towards a second indyref?

triangleScottish elections: strong mood for anti-cuts strategy continues

triangleScotland: battle heats up against council cuts

triangleWest Dunbartonshire teachers' strike

triangleQuiz of the year

Youth:

triangleFight for free education

triangleWhy do young people need socialism?

triangleInterview with leader of students' union in the Spanish state: "When we fight, we win!"

triangleHull youth festival

Cuts:

triangleNorth London hospital workers fight cuts and job losses

triangleNo cuts - hands off King George A&E!

triangleYoung people being strangled by debts

Education:

triangleStriking back against sackers' charter at Leeds Uni

triangleSchools "can't go any further" - stop the cuts: set deficit budgets now

Youth Fight for Jobs:

triangleJarrow March: an inspiring show of solidarity between workers and youth

Reports and campaigns

Reports and campaigns

19/10/17

North West

Arriva North West bus drivers strike over pay

18/10/17

Democratic rights

Conference on state spies: who's watching who?

18/10/17

Leeds

Striking back against sackers' charter at Leeds Uni

18/10/17

PCS

PCS ballots members on the pay cap

18/10/17

Royal Mail

Royal Mail bosses block strike - back postal workers

18/10/17

Art

'Dazzling' Bad Art show points to socialist future

18/10/17

Council

Sheffield Labour council threatens peaceful protesters with prison

18/10/17

South West Wales

Hundreds turn out for rally aimed at removing west Wales Tory MP

18/10/17

NHS

Uprising to save the NHS!

18/10/17

Socialism

Can you donate to the Socialism 2017 appeal?

18/10/17

East London

No cuts - hands off King George A&E!

18/10/17

North London

North London hospital workers fight cuts and job losses

18/10/17

BAE

Nationalise to save jobs at BAE Systems

18/10/17

Schools

Schools "can't go any further" - stop the cuts: set deficit budgets now

18/10/17

Swansea

Socialist Students 'welcome' Hillary Clinton to Swansea

triangleMore Reports and campaigns articles...


Join the Socialist Party
Subscribe to Socialist Party publications
Donate to the Socialist Party

triangle19 Oct Arriva North West bus drivers strike over pay

triangle18 Oct Russia, October 1917: When workers took power

triangle18 Oct Tories torn - bin them now

triangle13 Oct The end of the Tories?

triangle11 Oct Nasty party imploding...drive out the Tories

triangle11 Oct CWU fights court attempt to stop national strike

triangle11 Oct The fight against racial discrimination is tied to fighting against...

More ...

triangle19 Oct Waltham Forest Young Socialists: Deaths in police custody

triangle19 Oct Swansea Socialist Party: Spanish revolution 1936-37

triangle19 Oct Cardiff East Socialist Party: Is equality for women possible under capitalism?

triangle19 Oct Wirral Socialist Party: The October 1917 Russian Revolution

More ...

Socialist Party Facebook page
Socialist Party on Twitter
Visit us on Youtube

Archive

Archives:

October 2017

September 2017

August 2017

July 2017

June 2017

May 2017

April 2017

March 2017

February 2017

January 2017

2016

2015

2014

2013

2012

2011

2010

2009

2008

2007

2006

2005

2004

2003

2002

2001

2000

1999

Legal

SP RSS feed RSS

Platform setting: = No platform choice

V2