Friday, 19 June 2009

Tower Hamlets and SOAS: unity is strength

SOAS occupied, this week

Richard McEwan, secretary of the UCU lecturers' branch at Tower Hamlets College, reports on the campaign against cuts at his college here. There's been a lunchtime protest, an occupation of the canteen, some creative direct action and a 400-strong rally. Protests have united teenage students, Muslim women studying ESOL courses and union reps.

As I've already reported, there's also been hugely impressive student-worker unity at SOAS this week, with the remarkable student occupation in solidarity with persecuted and low-paid migrant workers. Clare Solomon is one of the leading activists in the campaign and occupation: her blog has a useful update on what they have achieved.

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