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Student protesters storm Sussex university building

The Argus: Students protesting against privitisation of campus jobs at University of Sussex Students protesting against privitisation of campus jobs at University of Sussex

University bosses have surrendered their conference centre to protesters after activists stormed the building yesterday (February 12).

The students rushed past helpless security guards following a demonstration in response to the University of Sussex’s privatisation of campus jobs.

Around 40 students have occupied the Bramber House building since last Thursday.

When The Argus went to press last night, close to 100 activists remained on the top floor of the conference centre. They are refusing to come down until university bosses agree to end the privatisation of catering and facility management jobs on campus.

The afternoon began with a mass rally attended by some 400 to 500 students, lecturers and staff members.

Addressing the crowd, the university’s Student Union president, Kelly McBride, said: “Absolutely every other available option has been explored.

“We’ve been in conversation with management for months and months and it’s got us absolutely nowhere.

“This kind of action has finally done what months and months of conversation has failed to do.”

The protesters have received hundreds of messages of support from around the world in the last week.

Peter Capaldi, who plays Malcolm Tucker in the award-winning TV show The Thick of It, joined the likes of American writer Noam Chomsky and writer and filmmaker Tariq Ali in offering their support.

The Argus: Mark Steel at University of Sussex protest

Comedian and columnist Mark Steel, pictured above, who attended the march, said: “By sticking together you will have a far better chance of winning when you resist attacks.”

The crowd marched around the campus waving banners and chanting “Sussex united, we’ll never be defeated” and “solidarity forever, occupation makes us stronger” before ending up outside Bramber House.

Following more speeches a small section of protesters made a break for the stairs before being joined by around 100 others.

'Intimidation'

Security staff watched on helplessly as the activists made their way to the top floor, where they were greeted by their peers.

They are demanding that the university ends its privatisation policy, creates a staff/student scrutiny body and ends what they call “intimidation” shown towards students and members of staff.

A spokeswoman for the university said last night that the campus continued to “run as normal”.

She added that bosses were “reviewing the situation” but had no immediate plans to evict the students.

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4:19pm Wed 13 Feb 13

Jimmy935 says...

I fully believe in peaceful protesting to strengthen your cause but storming buildings, locking yourselves into rooms, causing disruption doesn't and won't help. You also have the option that if you don't like it go study elsewhere and I would fully support the uni if they decided to remove these students from their courses.
I fully believe in peaceful protesting to strengthen your cause but storming buildings, locking yourselves into rooms, causing disruption doesn't and won't help. You also have the option that if you don't like it go study elsewhere and I would fully support the uni if they decided to remove these students from their courses. Jimmy935
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5:42pm Wed 13 Feb 13

theleftygiraffe says...

Jimmy935 wrote:
I fully believe in peaceful protesting to strengthen your cause but storming buildings, locking yourselves into rooms, causing disruption doesn't and won't help. You also have the option that if you don't like it go study elsewhere and I would fully support the uni if they decided to remove these students from their courses.
So if people don't like something they should just forget about it and go somewhere else? Not a very strong dedication to one's cause really is it?
[quote][p][bold]Jimmy935[/bold] wrote: I fully believe in peaceful protesting to strengthen your cause but storming buildings, locking yourselves into rooms, causing disruption doesn't and won't help. You also have the option that if you don't like it go study elsewhere and I would fully support the uni if they decided to remove these students from their courses.[/p][/quote]So if people don't like something they should just forget about it and go somewhere else? Not a very strong dedication to one's cause really is it? theleftygiraffe
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6:34pm Wed 13 Feb 13

Maxwell's Ghost says...

Why haven't these staff set up their own company and tendered for the work?
Why haven't these staff set up their own company and tendered for the work? Maxwell's Ghost
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8:12pm Wed 13 Feb 13

hyram77 says...

It seems the students of today have little more to do than protest! My suggestion, "don't concern yourself with uni policy and knuckle down and get that degree".
It seems the students of today have little more to do than protest! My suggestion, "don't concern yourself with uni policy and knuckle down and get that degree". hyram77
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8:26pm Wed 13 Feb 13

Clouded Judgement says...

At the moment, the government are allowing as many places as possible to be privatised to save them money. This will reduce the countries current debt problem and us out of a recession.

I don't agree with privatisation and it shouldn't be allowed but storming buildings and causing issues don't help. Just think about your actions, cause if the uni don't want you cause you have caused trouble, they will kick you off your courses and you will be in debt with no further education.
At the moment, the government are allowing as many places as possible to be privatised to save them money. This will reduce the countries current debt problem and us out of a recession. I don't agree with privatisation and it shouldn't be allowed but storming buildings and causing issues don't help. Just think about your actions, cause if the uni don't want you cause you have caused trouble, they will kick you off your courses and you will be in debt with no further education. Clouded Judgement
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