Since a quarter to one, around fifteen students and their supporters have been occupying a lecture theatre in the Institute of Irish Studies at the University of Liverpool. The occupation – which is taking place in solidarity with university workers’ strike action against pay cuts and privatisation – has prevented one scab lecture from happening in its normal location.
14:50 Police and security are outside, but a member of staff was able to make a food donation fiollowing a whipround of strikers from all striking unions.
15:00 Occupiers begin work on a statement.
16:00 Statement released. See here.
16:05 Occupiers have been told uni want them out by half past five.
16:20 Occupiers discuss safer space policy.
18:00 Happy campers post an optimistic article.
22:30 Final article of the day posted.
9:00 Safer spaces policy published.
9:45 Educational/discussion/entertainment plan for the day posted.
12:00 Educational discussions begin.
16:00 The occupiers post an update on an interaction with uni management.
17:00 Guild of Students President Sam Butler posts an update supporting the occupiers’ right to protest, and then briefly talks to occupiers through an open window.
9:00 Despite the Guild intervening to rearrange lectures scheduled for the Irish Studies building, uni management start using security to try and block occupier access to kitchen and toilets.
17:00 Occupation ends as construction crew starts erecting a fence around building!