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Sussex university sit-in defends jobs

by Siân Ruddick
Issue No. 2340

University of Sussex students have occupied a third floor conference suite in opposition to the university’s plans to privatise services, affecting 235 jobs.

Up to 50 students took over the room after a demonstration on Thursday of last week saw hundreds of staff and students march through campus.

“Privatisation has been a disaster at other colleges,” student Mary Prescott told Socialist Worker.

“Sodexo has just taken over cleaning services at Brighton hospital and is sacking workers.”

A solidarity protest took place on campus on Tuesday of this week, including students and lecturers from nearby Brighton university.

Mary went on, “People are wearing yellow solidarity squares on campus, and people have put yellow squares in their windows.”

Actor Peter Capaldi along with many lecturers and other public figures have signed a statement in support of the occupation.

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Tue 12 Feb 2013, 16:39 GMT
Issue No. 2340
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