Thoughtless cuts to post-secondary education by Ford’s PC government threaten workers on campus and attack students’ access to education.
What did the PCs attack?
In an announcement on Thursday, January 17, the provincial government shared a plan of cuts to funding for colleges and universities. The announcement included:
- A guaranteed 4 percent cut to institutional funding;
- A reduction in non-repayable grants and an increase in access to debt;
- An attack on independent students’ unions’ ability to represent and service their members;
- The elimination of the 6-month grace period for loan repayment.
Unifor is in support of fully-accessible, public post-secondary education. The union is also concerned that the announcement includes a direct attack on students’ unions.
For more information, download this backgrounder (PDF).
How can you help?
Workers in all sectors of the economy, should be vocal in their support for accessible public post-secondary education and for independent students’ unions.
“Students’ unions are democratic, independent organizations that provide vital services and advocacy for all members,” said Naureen Rizvi, Unifor Ontario Regional Director. “We have seen Ford’s strategy at work before: if you don’t like your opposition then silence it. This autocratic attack on students is cynical and obvious.”
Unifor members are encouraged to work with our allies from the Canadian Federation of Students to support students in their fight against these devastating changes. RSVP for upcoming events below!
Rally for Affordable and Accessible Education
WHEN: Thursday January 24 @ 12PM – 1:30PM
WHERE: University of Windsor, 401 Sunset Ave, Windsor ON
Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/2182154775370680/
March Against OSAP Cuts:
WHEN: Friday, January 25 @ 2PM
WHERE: Yonge-Dundas Square, Toronto ON
Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/590198821418635/
Sudbury Rally for University/College Students and Workers
WHEN: Friday January 25 @ 12PM – 1PM
WHERE: Tom Davies Square
Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/252311705661783/
Rally Against Ford Cuts: Banner Making
WHEN: Thursday January 24 @ 11AM – 3PM
WHERE: York University First Student Centre
Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/343823403125105/