Sussex Uni: 300 staff and students demonstrate
Staff and students rallied against planned privatisation of over 10% of campus jobs in Library Square this lunchtime.
Staff had come equipped to disrupt a planned ‘bidders meeting’ with many carrying airhorns, only to discover management had moved the meeting to the Amex stadium across the road. With security and conference staff amongst those facing outsourcing, this suggests management don’t feel able to hold such meetings on campus without the details leaking out and the threat of disruption.
The 235 jobs facing privatisation include catering, porters and security staff. If the plans go ahead, staff will have their terms and conditions transferred over to their new employers under ‘TUPE’ laws. However, the history of outsourcing suggests this offers limited protection, as new hires are brought in on inferior terms and the workforce is divided. There are also fears that long-serving university staff will be moved out of the university pension scheme.
Article text cross-posted from LibCom.Org with thanks. Video from Ryan Powell, University of Sussex student.