Lecturers at the University of Sussex have voted overwhelmingly for strikes to save jobs. The UCU union members’ ballot won the highest turnout ever seen at the university. Some 80.9 percent voted in the ballot with 76 percent backing strikes.
A further 82 percent voted in favour of action short of a strike. The result shows the depth of anger among workers and their determination to fight. Management wants to cut 115 jobs at the university.
The university senate is set to meet this Friday. A motion to put planned job cuts on hold will be discussed. If management refuses to back down, the UCU should waste no time in calling strike dates.