We have had a fantastic launch for the FEunplugged campaign, against the massive cuts facing further education!
Campaign packs are being sent out to colleges and 6th forms and we’ve made a big splash on social media and within the FE sector. Thanks to everyone for your hard work on the campaign so far.
I think we now need to look at how we can take the campaign forward on a national and local level. We have had lots and lots of positive feedback and the main question FE students have is: how can I get involved? What are the next steps?
I think a good way forward would be to call a national day of action on Tuesday 15 March to support the NUT strike which is happening in 6th forms on the same day.
How amazing would it be to have lots of FE students taking action on the same day? Whether its collecting names on a petition to lobby your local MP, doing a banner drop, doing a stall and leafleting or organising a creative stunt stating that we are standing side by side, shoulder to shoulder with NUT in supporting our teachers using the day to show our solidarity with the FE staff that will be on strike, as well as our opposition to ESOL cuts and the racist Prevent agenda.
Our teacher’s terms and condition is our students learning conditions!
The NUT are also holding a rally in central London on that day – I’m going and it would be great to have you there if you can make it.
I hope this can be the first of many actions we take together.
If you have not received a #FEunplugged resource pack please contact Holly.Staynor@nus.org.uk and you can find out more about the #FEunplugged campaign here.