An estimated 80,000 to 90,000 people took to the streets of London on Saturday October 18 to march against austerity measures.
The measures have particularly affected public sector workers (such as teachers) who are being offered below inflation pay-rises from the government.
A major concern for NUS President Toni Pearce is the work deal currently on offer to students and graduates. Many students are worried about their employment prospects upon graduating. That’s why NUS has launched its New Deal Manifesto, calling on the government to act make a better offer to young people across the country.
As part of our New Deal for work, students rallied together to march and to demand:
- An increase in the apprentice minimum wage
- Increased commitment to the living wage
- An end to unpaid internships
‘Students are here because we cannot afford to work for free’ NUS President Toni Pearce said, as she addressed the rally at the march’s end in Hyde Park. ‘Unpaid internships are unfair, exploitative, and often illegal.’
‘Decent job opportunities are increasingly the preserve of the wealthy who can afford to live rent free or be bailed out by their families. This reproduces privilege and pulls up the drawer bridge.’
‘This is why the student and trade union movements must continue our joint work. Together, we need to win a new deal for work.’