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Student protesters vow to continue 'living wage' fight

Members of Defend Education had barricaded themselves in the Hornton Grange Conference Centre and refused to leave

Aston Webb building at University of Birmingham was occupied by protesting students

Student protesters have ended their 12-day occupation at the University of Birmingham but vowed that their “living wages for staff” fight will continue.

Members of Defend Education had barricaded themselves in the Hornton Grange Conference Centre and refused to leave.

The occupiers claimed they left the building peacefully yesterday afternoon, tidying the premises, off Edgbaston Park Road, before they left.

It happened hours after lawyers representing the university went to the High Court to secure an injunction.

It was due to be served yesterday and the students would have been required to leave within three hours.

But the campaigners have vowed to fight on and a further protest is due to take place at the Clock Tower today in support of students who were suspended after violence flared during a Defend Education protest on campus last week.

A spokesman said: “Last week, members of Defend Education offered to leave the occupation in order to prevent the significant expenditure that gaining an injunction represents, instead asking that the money be spent on paying staff a living wage.”

“We are proud to have maintained this occupation for almost two weeks, raising awareness of our campaign.”

  • Dozens of council workers took to the streets of Birmingham armed with a giant replica £1 coin in their campaign for a ‘living wage’.

Workers demonstrated outside Birmingham City Council’s administration offices in Woodcock Street yesterday. They staged the demo over “years of real-terms pay cuts” which the GMB union says has left 510,000 local government employees paid less than the living wage.

The protest was part of a nationwide campaign by GMB members in local government in England, Wales and Northern Ireland for a £1 an hour pay rise. Demos also took place in Sandwell, Walsall, Wolverhampton and Coventry.

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