Sussex University staff could strike indefinitely

Posted On 14 May 2010 at 8:27 am

This week’s motion to escalate industrial action does not rule out the possibility of indefinite strikes.

The University College Union’s motion, passed on Wednesday afternoon, includes the clause: “to prepare for further industrial action including that directed at the examinations process and to exclude neither action short of a strike nor indefinite strike action, and to present plans to the Branch within 7 working days of this meeting which will ensure maximum impact on the examinations process.”

Students are also set to stage a demonstration outside a hearing of the Sussex Six, students who were suspended following a sit-in protest in March. They were subsequently reinstated, but face disciplinary action at the hearing next Tuesday at 1pm.

Brighton Pavilion’s new Green MP Caroline Lucas is due to speak at the protest. The UCU has pledged its support to the Six.

The UCU says its core goals are:

  • removing the threat of compulsory redundancies
  • engaging with the union in the development of a redundancy avoidance process for the future
  • the resolution of the current industrial dispute

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