Coming off the back of massive and energetic student campaign and a sordid history of trade unions sell-outs, workers at Sussex University in Brighton have organised the "Pop-Up Union" and have officially entered into dispute with management. See below for more information and see here to donate to the hardship fund.
The Pop-Up Union is now in trade dispute
Last week, the Pop-Up Union submitted a detailed claim to the University of Sussex management regarding the proposal to outsource 235 jobs. We are seeking:
A complete halting of the ongoing bidding process and end to the entire outsourcing program, effective immediately.
A commission of staff and lecturers to be formed. With full remit to re-evaluate procedures and channels for holding management accountable as well as reviewing and extending workers’ say in these decisions.
An end to the intimidation that senior and middle management have used to deter workers from airing and acting on their concerns.
Unfortunately, University of Sussex management have chosen not to engage with our just, clear and realistic objectives. The Pop-Up Union has therefore formally entered trade dispute with the University of Sussex, and has notified them of this fact by email and recorded post.
All Pop-Up Union members are encouraged to come to Fulton 103 on Tuesday 28th May to discuss the next steps in this dispute. If you have not yet joined the Pop-Up Union, you can do so for 50p/month, more information here. If you cannot make it at 1pm, please get in touch - we may be able to organise additional meetings to suit different groups of staff.
The campaign has also launched a hardship fund for staff affected by outsourcing or possible industrial action, you can donate here.*
* legal note: this fund is not organised or controlled by the Pop-Up Union.