Leaflet: Strike on May Day, March in Strength

A leaflet, probably issued by Socialist Society, calling for students to support the strike and march on May Day:

Strike on May Day –  March in Strength

It is vital that students in Liverpool support the strike called by the University Guild of Undergraduates on May Day and partici~te in the Trades Council March.

It is necessary in general to move against the heavy handedness of the University administration in its disciplinary measures and to fight attempts by the University to maintain its entrenched racist position (both over the question of Chancellor Salisbury and the University investments).

In particular we must defend the ten victimised students against these vicious sentences – the result of rigged trials – for the action they took together with 300 others in support of the following 5 demands:

  1. the resignation of Salisbury as Chancellor of the University
  2. a detailed inquiry into all University in~estments
  3. setting up.of an independent inquiry to investigate methods used at all university levels for keeping information on staff and students
  4. that the Vice-Chancellor give satisfactory answers to questions on chemical and biological warfare research; and the final demand which is now a defensive one:
  5. no victimisation

These demands have been backed by 1500 university students and now by the Guild Council: ”Council expresses its full support for the 5 demands of the occupation and directs the President and Officers of the Guild in any negotiations to base them solely on these 5 demands….” (partial text of a notion passed at the 23rd April meeting of Guild Council)

On May Day appeals by several of the ten students may be heard (against their objections to this date), if this is the case a picket of these proceedings will start at 9:15 in the morning.

THE MAY DAY STRIKE MEETING WILL START IN THE MOUNTFORD HALL, UNIVERSITY STUDENT UNION, AT 11:00am. FROM THERE THE MEETING WILL MOVE OFF TO JOIN THE TRADES COUNCIL MARCH LEAVING ISLINGTON SQUARE  AT 12:15. THIS MARCH WILL THEN PROCEED TO PIER HEAD.

The struggle beyond May Day will hinge upon whether or not the VC meets the ultimatum of Guild Council to come and answer questions in the Union before May 4th. In addition activity must be centred around the appeals of most of the ten students which will be heard the week beginning May 11th.

FURTHER INFORMATION, HELP, ETC, CONTACT THE OPERATIONS ROOM IN THE LARGE COMMITTEE ROOM OF THE UNIVERSITY STUDENTS’ UNION (telephone the Union and ask for the extension).

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