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The Socialist 24 March 2010

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Sussex: Students gain a victory - but fight must go on!

A week of protests and activity at Sussex University started with a 700-strong protest of staff and students on Thursday 11 March and culminated in a one-day strike by lecturers and the reinstatement of six suspended students on Thursday 18 March.

Claire Laker-Mansfield, Sussex Socialist Students

The Stop the Cuts campaign (StC) organised the protest to oppose the 115 planned redundancies, in solidarity with the lecturers, and in response to management's attempts to silence peaceful protest on campus with riot police and suspensions of the 'Sussex Six' students. Management also obtained a high court injunction criminalising "occupational protest action" on campus.

The 700-strong protest demanded the unconditional reinstatement of the Sussex Six, and waited until a member of the vice chancellor's executive group came to collect 1,500 signatures on a petition. A call was then made to defy management's injunction and around 300 went on to occupy the largest lecture theatre on campus.

Inside the occupation, a meeting chaired by Sarah Wrack (Socialist Students) agreed the demands of the occupation, including the unconditional reinstatement of the Sussex Six. Socialist Students members argued that, while reinstatement was extremely important, an end to the cuts should also be demanded. Unfortunately, this was not taken up by the majority of people in the occupation.

Without word from management the occupation continued over the weekend, organising speakers to address students and staff. In total around 1,000 people probably passed through the lecture theatre, including a large number of campus workers, all defying the injunction.

An emergency general meeting (EGM) of the student union was called to discuss a motion of no confidence in the vice chancellor's executive group and to pass union policy supporting the Sussex Six. On Wednesday 17 March the EGM was attended by 850 students, with 100 turned away at the door. Both motions were passed.

On 18 March students left the occupation to join lecturers on the picket lines during a one-day strike. The UCU lecturers' union has taken this action to defend jobs at Sussex and is supported by students. This is likely to be the first of a number of days of strike action.

At around 2pm the 'Sussex Six' received emails detailing their reinstatement by management. A joint rally of around 300 staff and students took place at 4pm as the picket lines ended. Speakers celebrated the victory but warned that the campaign must not now lose focus on fighting the cuts.


In this issue

Strikers can beat BA bosses

BA cabin crew can win

Message of support for striking BA workers from Socialist Party MEP Joe Higgins:

Striking British Airways cabin crew pickets speak to The Socialist


Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition

Support trade union and socialist alternative: Workers reject main parties

Trade unionist and Socialist Coalition

Salford: The growth of 'Hazel Must Go!'

Woolwich and Greenwich: For a workers' MP on a worker's wage

Stoke Central: Fighting for the millions not the millionaires

Trade unionist and Socialist Coalition general election launch rally


Parliamentary Sleaze

'MPs for hire' scandal

Hewitt's big business alliance

New workers' party needed

MPs: in it for the money


Anti-racism

Far-right EDL outnumbered in Bolton, police try to even the odds!

EDL attend anti-racist meeting

Nottingham anti-EDL anti-BNP conference


Socialist Students

Sussex: Students gain a victory - but fight must go on!

Cuts to higher education announced: Students fight back

Socialist Party youth meeting

On the march against cuts


Marxist analysis: history

March 1990 anti-poll tax demonstration


International socialist news and analysis

Massive rejection of Sarkozy's policies presages a 'third round on the streets'

Obama's neutered health bill limps through


Socialist Party news and analysis

Nottingham council targets the vulnerable

Dickens is back: Implications of poverty revealed in London

Barking council: Late developers

Battling against school academies in Hastings


Socialist Party workplace news

HP workers take further action

Rail safety disputes


 

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