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LESE Public Services Committee – LoveOurColleges lobby October action w/c 15 October 2018

LESE Public Services Committee – LoveOurColleges lobby October action w/c 15 October

#LoveOurColleges – lobby/demo/rally
We are seeking help in promoting the #LoveOurColleges campaign against cuts in FE in England.  This will centre around a week of action, beginning on 15th October.  In addition to a media splash on the Monday and local activity on the Tuesday (more info to follow in due course) the week of action will include a demo, parliamentary lobby and rally in Westminster on:
Wednesday 17th October 2018
#LoveOurColleges is being organised by a campaign coalition, which in addition to UNISON includes UCU, GMB, NUS, NEU, ASCL and the employers body Association of Colleges.
Three key actions we are looking for help with are as follows:
1 Ensure FE members across all unions know about the event, encourage them to commit to attending and discuss joint travel arrangements with other unions at their colleges.  UCU in particular are laying on coaches.
2 Intelligence on how many members are attending and from where etc.  This is a joint campaign with the AoC, college principals are being encouraged to allow staff to take time off from work to take part in the event. 
3  Activists should share info about the lobby etc. on social media.  Here are the twitter and facebook event links   
The timetable for the day is as follows:
11.30am – 12.30pm: Coaches arrive in London. Drop-off likely to be Waterloo Place (where march will form up). Provision to be made for those who may wish to go directly to Westminster rather than join the march, (venue TBC, likely Methodist Central Hall) with staff on hand to sign in, provide briefings and any other support.
12.30pm – 1.30pm: Union-led march from Waterloo Place to Parliament Square – all welcome. Others to have lunch, or begin holding meetings with MPs.
1.30pm – 2.30pm: Rally in Parliament Square. All encouraged to join.  (UNISON has a speaker slot at this, though as its the day of the NEC the speaker is still tbc)
2.30pm – 5.30pm: Lobby of parliament.
Attached are the following items:
–          The Love Our Colleges manifesto DOWNLOAD HERE Colleges Matter manifesto _LoveOurColleges
–          a model letter for FE members to send to their MP to arrange a meeting as part of the lobby. DOWNLOAD Model letter to MPs (2)HERE
Additional activities currently being planned for the week, including politician visits to local FE colleges. 
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