Communique From Goldsmiths Occupation

23 Mar

The occupation of Deptford Town Hall Building continues. We are calling on all students, staff and community activists to join the occupation.
Goldsmiths students occupied Deptford Town Hall on Monday night in solidarity with their lecturers in the University and College Union (UCU) who are striking on Tuesday and Thursday. This is the first national strike in higher education for five years and will be taking place two days before the March for the Alternative on March 26th.
On the second day of occupation, Deptford Town Hall will host radical education initiatives, teach-ins and continue to organise for the demonstration on March 26th. Lecturers will be required to show their solidarity with the occupation and our struggle against the neo-liberalisation of higher education. Senior management will continue to be excluded from the building until the occupation demands have been met.
* We stand in solidarity with all staff whose jobs are under threat, including the lecturers and porters at Goldsmiths and call on the management to make a statement guaranteeing job security.
* We oppose the cuts to education and the rest of the public sector, which are an attempt to offset the financial crisis onto the living standards of ordinary people.
* We stand in solidarity with other universities in occupation and encourage others to follow this example.
* We demand that our management open the books and release all financial documents, making them accessible to students and staff.
* We oppose the ongoing casualisation lecturers have suffered as a result of the marketisation of the education system. Part of this process has been the introduction of the points based immigration system and shutting down of nurseries.
* We support the student not suspects campaign demand that the university end co-operation with the UK Border Agency.
* We call on workers, students, pensioners and the unemployed to come out onto the streets on 26th March. Time for bargaining is over.



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