On Monday 21 June students and staff at Hackney Community College joined others around the country in a protest against public sector cuts. University Colleges Union (UCU) and Unison had asked members to organise lunchtime protests. 70 colleges and universities according to the union took part in the protest against £1.2 billion cuts in University funding and the loss of up to 7,000 jobs in further education.
At Hackney there was banner making, giant games, budget themed twister, tug of war, food and discussion from 12 pm to 1pm in the college grounds. In February over £1million in cuts were announced at the college. After staff took 2 days of strike action, and following a lot of negotiation, there has been a reduction in the number of compulsory redundancies. However there are still jobs to win back and the teaching time of hourly paid workers is still under threat.
The day of action was a chance to forge greater co-ordination between different unions in education but even more coordination will be required before September if concrete cuts and attacks are to be effectively fought.