The protest will act to highlight youth issues, including access to education, the scrapping of the education maintenance allowance (EMA) and youth unemployment.
Manchester has both the largest further education college (Manchester College) and higher education institution (University of Manchester) in the country, and sits in a region in the UK with the highest rate of youth unemployment. It is important to ensure that not all our activity is based in London, and so staging a national action in a region with such high levels of youth unemployment, jointly alongside the TUC and UCU is a positive and constructive development at this time. Aaron Porter, NUS National President will join trade union leaders to speak on behalf of NUS.
NUS will also be mobilising for the TUC National Demonstration on Saturday 26 March, which will be taking place in Hyde Park in central London.
NUS President Aaron Porter said:
"Mobilising for both these mass protests and rallies will act to both highlight and build upon the widespread popular opposition to the cuts agenda. The savage cuts to the further and higher education sectors, the tripling of tuition fees and the move towards a market-based approach within our universities and colleges are all widely recognised to be profoundly unfair, unsustainable and badly thought out. And, what is worst, this is all against a backdrop of staggeringly high levels of youth unemployment.
“It is now more important than ever that we stand together to strongly make the argument for investing in our young people, and in our future. Despite the obvious challenges we face, I remain confident that together, we can win."