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Strike day at Sussex University

March 18, 2010
strikes at Sussex

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The leadership of Sussex University have pushed staff and students into a day of strikes and protest at Sussex University today. Spirits were high on the picket lines this morning, the ‘stop the cuts – defend Sussex‘ blog tells us, with hot baked potatoes being dished out and music on the main entrance. The events at Sussex have made national news, appearing today as the second item on the BBC national news and management at Leeds must be sighing in relief that images such as these have been averted here today.

Follow the campaign at Sussex here – http://savesussexeducation.wordpress.com

UCU yesterday criticised Sussex university’s decision to move the Senate meeting to a building by a road after management had learnt that local nursery children had planned to protest the cuts to crèche facilities. Children from the University of Sussex’s nursery and crèche were due to hand out daffodils and protest leaflets to members of the institution’s senate ahead of their 1.30pm meeting originally at Bramber House in the middle of campus. The move to a roadside building put the children’s safety at risk and caused their innocent protest to be moved.

Sussex students

Sussex students

A motion at Senate in Sussex yesterday called for the immediate and unconditional reinstatement of the six students who management there had suspended for occupying a building earlier this month. This had already contributed to a near unanimous vote of no confidence in Sussex Vice Chancellor’s Executive Group by the Student Union. Over 700 students had attended their EGM to vote.

Students prepare to vote at Sussex

Students prepare to vote at Sussex

Follow events at Sussex via the above named blogs or on twitter at http://twitter.com/sussexucu

For a little light relief, follow the spoof tweets at http://twitter.com/SussexVCEG

A view from the twittersphere

A view from the twittersphere

2 Comments leave one →
  1. Rex permalink
    March 19, 2010 1:28 AM

    Good luck with the strike!
    We are collecting signatures in support of a petition against workplace bullying in higher education that reads:
    “We the undersigned petition the Prime Minister to instigate an open enquiry into allegations of workplace bullying / harassment in institutions of higher education and concerns about the way the judicial system has dealt with complaints about such bullying and with those who protest (publicly or otherwise) about wrongdoing by their employers; the enquiry to be conducted with a view to addressing issues of concern that it may uncover. “
    The petition can be accessed for signature at http://petitions.number10.gov.uk/Justice-Bullying/. Please sign this petition and let others know so that they can consider signing.

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