Tens of thousands march to save public sector pensions


Tens of thousands of protesters marched through central London as members of the PCS, UCU, NUT and ATL unions took part in a 24 hour strike over pensions.

The government is proposing to increase the retirement age to 68 for public sector workers as well as numerous other changes that would reduce the size of the pension whilst making employees contribute more.

The march passed off peacefully, however after the main march had finished there were scuffles with police as a group of protesters marched back up Whitehall.

Photos: Tens of thousands march to save public sector pensions

The Students are Revolting

Students jump and shout as they march down Millbank in London on a national demonstation called jointly by the NUS and UCU against a rise in tuition fees and cuts to higher education. Image © Jonathan Warren 2010.

Students jump and shout as they march down Millbank in London on a national demonstation called jointly by the NUS and UCU against a rise in tuition fees and cuts to higher education. Image © Jonathan Warren 2010.

It’s a month today since the first students from Goldsmiths occupied Deptford Town Hall to protest against the coalition governments proposed cuts to higher education. Whilst they only managed to occupy the building for 24 hours it has led to a wave of other occupations across the country.

A week later, a day after the massive protest in London organised by the NUS and UCU, students at Manchester University occupied the administrative block on the campus.

Aaron Porter, President of the NUS, was quick to condemn the vandalism of the Conservative Party HQ at Millbank Tower on the 10th of November. But others seized the moment, perhaps realising the depth and intensity of students anger that the Lib Dems were going to renege on their pre-election pledge to oppose a rise in tuition fees.

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Student protesters storm Conservative Party HQ

Thousands of protesters can be seen from the roof of 30 Millbank
Tens of thousands of protesters joined a march organised by the National Union of Students and the University and College Union to protest against the coalition governments proposed rises to tuition fees.

The protest turned violent when protesters forced their way inside 30 Millbank, where the Conservative Party HQ is located, and smashed the windows. Protesters then forced their way upstairs and onto the roof of the building, vandalising offices as they went.

Photos: Student protesters storm Conservative Party HQ