Victory against military recruitment in London

This video from the USA says about itself:

Before You Enlist!

Straight talk from soldiers, veterans and their family members tells what is missing from the exciting images presented by military recruiters and their marketing efforts.

By Sadie Robinson in England:

Victory as the military are kicked off North London campus

Activists at the College of North East London (Conel) in Tottenham won a major victory last week when they kicked the military off their campus.

The army had set up a recruitment stall at the college during enrolment. But protests by workers and students forced college management to agree that the military would not be invited back during enrolment next year.

Ben Jones is a UCU union member at Conel. He told Socialist Worker, “When we discovered the army on our campus we organised a meeting with UCU and Unison union members to discuss it, which was really well attended.

“At our school staff meeting – which around 500 workers attended – people were very angry,” said Ben.

“Some workers pointed out that we are the only country in Europe to recruit people at 16 years old.

“The recruitment sergeant was offering students a £5,000 bursary to enable them to do a course – but at the end of it they would be expected to commit to four years in the army.

“We see it as a grooming process. As soon as you sign on the dotted line you will be chased up. And it is targeting students at their most vulnerable.

“If students turn up at enrolment and don’t get on the course they want, the army is there to offer them an alternative.

“It’s trading on the relationship of trust the college has with the students, which horrified everybody. The students wouldn’t go to the army themselves – so the army comes to them.”

New Labour is bogged down in imperialist wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, and military recruitment in schools and colleges is a major issue.

USA: End military recruitment in our public schools: here.

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