By Claire West

Speaking after UNISON members joined teaching colleagues and students from across higher and further education in yesterday's mass demonstration against cuts.UNISON head of higher education Jon Richards warned today.

"This is just the start. We intend to mobilise a mass campaign in every community against the increase in fees, the abolition of the education maintenance allowance and the near privatisation of our universities and colleges,"

"It was great so may UNISON members marched alongside students in opposition to the cuts," added Mr Richards. "More than 50 000 took to the streets of London: the message has gone out to the coalition, the campaign is on."

The government has announced savage cuts to further education in England, including:


25% or £1.1bn,cut in the adult education and skills budget by 2014;


axing the educational maintenance allowance;


axing the Level 2 entitlement for adult learners over 25;


abolishing the Train to Gain scheme.


Thee cuts will have a devastating impact on colleges and communities and are only the tip of the iceberg, the union has warned.