A statement that just went out to all Goldsmiths UCU members:
We the undersigned wish to congratulate staff and students on the
magnificent anti-cuts demonstration this afternoon. At least 50,000 people
took to the streets to oppose the coalition government’s devastating
proposals for education.
We also wish to condemn and distance ourselves from the divisive and, in
our view, counterproductive statements issued by the UCU and NUS
leadership concerning the occupation of the Conservative Party HQ.
The real violence in this situation relates not to a smashed window but to
the destructive impact of the cuts and privatisation that will follow if
tuition fees are increased and if massive reductions in HE funding are
Today’s events demonstrate the deep hostility in the UK towards the cuts
proposed in the Comprehensive Spending Review. We hope that this marks the beginning of a sustained defence of public services and welfare provision
as well as higher education.
John Wadsworth, President GUCU
Des Freedman, Secretary GUCU