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Sussex university staff vote for action in ballot

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UCU union members at Sussex university have voted by 75 percent for strikes against privatisation in an indicative ballot. The turnout was 60 percent.

The Unison and Unite unions are also holding indicative ballots against the privatisation of 235 jobs.

Ben Selwyn is a lecturer at Sussex university. He told Socialist Worker, “This is a fantastic result given all the attacks that lecturers here have faced.

“Many lecturers at Sussex were made redundant three years ago and there’s been a lack of optimism since then. 

“I was expecting many people to feel that we can’t do anything and maybe not bother to vote, so this is very heartening.

“I think management’s attitude has affected the mood among people. 

“They claim they are for dialogue but they have resorted to court injunctions to try and stop action.”

The ballots follow a 54-day student occupation of a university building against the privatisation.

The UCU says it will wait to hear the results from other unions before deciding the next steps in the campaign. A strong programme of strikes could push the bosses back.

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