Students & University Staff Fight the Cuts!

Students and Staff from Portsmouth University stood united yesterday under the banner ‘No Cuts! Defend Jobs and Education!’as they held a rally outside University House in protest against proposed cuts to the University Art Department.

 Student Hannah Besford, 19, who chairs the University of Portsmouth Against Education Cuts campaign said: ‘We have decided to fight back against these cuts. We are fighting for our lecturers, for ourselves and for our education.

‘This is about raising awareness and getting students to realise if we put up enough of a fight we may be able to protect our education.”

 The campaign is supported by UCU, the University and College Union, Portsmouth Students’ Union, Portsmouth Socialist Students Society, Portsmouth SWSS and the Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition: Portsmouth North Campaign.

 The proposed cuts are but the first in a series of attacks on education which will take place in the run up to the election and beyond ,and it is crucial that students and workers stand together in solidarity.

 The fact that these cuts are starting before a general election reveals how the big three parties speak with one voice on the question of cuts. The only debate in Westminster today is how quickly the axe men will be unleashed.

 The Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition stands alone as the voice against cuts and in defence of Jobs, services and quality education.

The T.U.S.C Portmouth Campaign is pledged to standing alongside workers and students to resist cuts and defend jobs wherever cuts will be proposed. We believe that only by standing together will we, the ordinary working people of this city, be able to defeat the cuts, defend our jobs and build a real political alternative that fights for us.

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