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Activists occupy University of Sussex building over privatisation of jobs

The Argus: Activists occupy University of Sussex building over privatisation of jobs Activists occupy University of Sussex building over privatisation of jobs

Up to 40 activists have occupied a university building in protest against the privatisation of campus jobs.

The students stormed the top floor of the University of Sussex’s Bramber House yesterday afternoon (February 7) following a demonstration.

The action is in response to the university’s decision to privatise a number of the non-teaching jobs on campus.
Protestors said that the move was a “last resort” and “non-violent”.

A spokeswoman said: “We stand in opposition to the attempts by university management to unilaterally impose a highly unpopular wave of privatisations which will see provision of services handed over to the highest bidder.

“As well as a colossal transfer of wealth from the public to the private sector, privatisation has time and time again been shown to negatively impact on employees and service users.”

They say that 235 workers will be affected by the move with possible wage cuts and job losses.

From inside the building they issued a series of demands.

Privatisation

Firstly they want the university to end their privatisation scheme as well as set up a student/staff body responsible for holding bosses to account.

They are also calling on senior staff to end what they say is “intimidation” used against students and workers who want to air their views and concerns.

A spokesman for the group said: “We think our requests are entirely reasonable and are committed to occupying the building until they are met.”

John Duffy, the University of Sussex registrar, said: “This is a long-term strategic development by the University to ensure that we can enhance and develop the high-quality services we provide to our students and staff as we grow.”

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12:44pm Fri 8 Feb 13

badger55114 says...

John Duffy, the University of Sussex registrar, said: “This is a long-term strategic development by the University to ensure that we can enhance and develop the high-quality services we provide to our students and staff as we grow.”

Strange then that other Universities who have gone the privatisation route have reverted to in-house supply, eg London Met
John Duffy, the University of Sussex registrar, said: “This is a long-term strategic development by the University to ensure that we can enhance and develop the high-quality services we provide to our students and staff as we grow.” Strange then that other Universities who have gone the privatisation route have reverted to in-house supply, eg London Met badger55114
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12:50pm Fri 8 Feb 13

Ballroom Blitz says...

University education is now a multi million pound business, that successive governments have pandered to by lowering the entrance qualifications. Thus we end up with a system supplying too many graduates to fill too few jobs, because university education is a business, and they need bums on seats.
Get used to it. It's not going to change.
University education is now a multi million pound business, that successive governments have pandered to by lowering the entrance qualifications. Thus we end up with a system supplying too many graduates to fill too few jobs, because university education is a business, and they need bums on seats. Get used to it. It's not going to change. Ballroom Blitz
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12:58pm Fri 8 Feb 13

hursthill says...

Activists seem to be much younger these days, - they look about 15 in the photo.
Good to see kids looking so happy, but they should be taught not to make nazi salutes at the camera.
Activists seem to be much younger these days, - they look about 15 in the photo. Good to see kids looking so happy, but they should be taught not to make nazi salutes at the camera. hursthill
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1:11pm Fri 8 Feb 13

AmboGuy says...

Wonder if they'll last any longer than the last people to occupy the university. Didn't they last about 3 days or something??
Wonder if they'll last any longer than the last people to occupy the university. Didn't they last about 3 days or something?? AmboGuy
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1:12pm Fri 8 Feb 13

Number Six says...

Well, it's more fum than all that boring studying.
Well, it's more fum than all that boring studying. Number Six
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2:29pm Fri 8 Feb 13

Plunge says...

whatever....get a job....
whatever....get a job.... Plunge
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3:30pm Fri 8 Feb 13

Crystal Ball says...

It's the Tooting Popular Front!
It's the Tooting Popular Front! Crystal Ball
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6:27pm Fri 8 Feb 13

leobrighton says...

It doesn't look as if they are concerned at all, probably just having a laugh and a bit of a party.
It doesn't look as if they are concerned at all, probably just having a laugh and a bit of a party. leobrighton
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6:49pm Fri 8 Feb 13

Mr Walloff Domburg says...

Re. the idiot standing on the far right with the silly hair cut and checked shirt.

Wouldn't you just love to kick him in the nuts?
Re. the idiot standing on the far right with the silly hair cut and checked shirt. Wouldn't you just love to kick him in the nuts? Mr Walloff Domburg
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8:04pm Fri 8 Feb 13

PorkBoat says...

Turn the hoses on them!
Turn the hoses on them! PorkBoat
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10:18pm Fri 8 Feb 13

ourcoalition says...

At least they are raising the issues - just as Mr Weatherly's ideas to privatise Council Services. Both are exercising the democratic right to free speech - one I agree with, one I do not.

Wonder which one!?
At least they are raising the issues - just as Mr Weatherly's ideas to privatise Council Services. Both are exercising the democratic right to free speech - one I agree with, one I do not. Wonder which one!? ourcoalition
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