Socialist Students – campaigning to make 2 March walkout happen
Josh Boyle, Brighton Socialist Students
Our march in Brighton on 2 March – from Moulscoomb campus to the Level – will be a show of force that we do not support the marketisation of our education, we do not support further degradation of staff working conditions, and we do not support exploitation of postgraduate-research students as cheap labour.
The march is organised by teaching staff in the University and College Union (UCU), support workers in Unison, and Socialist Students. UCU and Unison are walking out on 1-2 March – part of national strikes.
Infamously, Brighton Students’ Union has taken an anti-strike stance in previous years. But we are organising an open letter to get the student union to represent our views.
We plan to use a diversity of tactics: joining the striking picket line, encouraging students to sign our open letter, teach outs, direct action, building a protest against council cuts with the Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition (TUSC). And we are organising joint action with Sussex students.
TUSC public meeting
What do you want from Brighton council?
Tuesday 22 February, 7pm, Phoenix Community Centre, 2 Phoenix Place, BN2 9ND
No to all cuts – for a council budget that meets the needs of people
Thursday 24 February, 4pm, Kings Road, Brighton Centre/Hove Town Hall, BN1 2GR