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Online meeting – Sunday 30th June

Posted: 07/06/2013 by ukism in Action News

*UPDATE* -> Date changed to Sunday 30th June

Bristol Staff and Students Against Privatisation have called for an online meeting of student activist groups in two weeks time. In their call-out they state:

Facebook event: http://www.facebook.com/events/254000621409837/

March 25th saw impressive nationwide student solidarity as people travelled from near and far to take part in the anti-privatisation demonstration at the University of Sussex. While the attempt at a people’s assembly after the demonstration didn’t really work out, we think it would be good for this discussion to continue on a national basis. We are calling for an online meeting of student activists on Sunday 30th June (i.e after most universities will have finished their summer term) to look back on what we’ve achieved this year, and consider what might be possible for us to do together in the future.

The direction of travel of our universities, left to our managers and vice chancellors, is clear. Sussex is not an isolated example: similar strategies of privatisation are emerging in many universities. Cleaning and catering staff and services are being outsourced; universities are relying upon private halls to house students; student services such as campus shops are being passed over to private companies such as WHSmith. Private companies dictate what universities research, and consequently what students learn. (more…)

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Sussex Against Privatisation Press Release:
http://sussexagainstprivatization.wordpress.com/2013/03/25/press-release-march-25-5-30pm/
Blow-by-blow account and pictures of the day:
http://libcom.org/news/national-demo-against-privatisation-university-sussex-updates-25032013

Last week saw roughly 1000 UK students attend a national protest against privatisation, held at Sussex University. The protest was called by the Sussex Occupation – who have been occupying a conference centre in their university for seven weeks, in protest against the outsourcing of 235 jobs to private companies. The occupation is still there as I write this, but is under immanent threat of eviction. University Management has got the High Court to put an injunction in place – banning any and all protest on campus. In addition they now also have a ‘possession order’ on the occupied building, meaning that it could be invaded by bailiffs at any time. According to their blog ( http://sussexagainstprivatization.wordpress.com/2013/04/01/day-53-no-food-no-water-no-to-privatisation/ ), security are currently refusing to allow any people, or even any food, into the occupation, and have been seen intimidating anyone associated with the protest. Sussex occupiers could use support – so if nothing else, please consider signing their petition against the ban on protests: http://www.change.org/en-GB/petitions/stop-the-protest-ban-at-sussex-university
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Update: Since this post was first published, a second building has been occupied! Details and statement added to the end of the article…

“We are here as students and staff to deny management the power to manage our university. In place of their rule, we create space to imagine alternatives – a university where we hold the power, and need never fear attacks on our jobs and our education.”

sussex_2nd_occupation  Following a demonstration of staff and students against privatisation and outsourcing in Sussex University, a second occupation has started.  About 200 students are currently occupying the Michael Chowen lecture theatre, (of the Brighton and Sussex Medical School). It isn’t yet clear how long they will stay – best check their twitter or their blog for updates. So far, they have released the following statement:

200 students and staff of this university have occupied Brighton and Sussex Medical School Lecture Theatre .

This action is a response to a lack of alternatives within the current situation. Management still refuse to engage with our demands even as they attempt to placate us by feigning negotiation. So we reiterate that we will not compromise, and state them again:

•An immediate end to the privatisation process
•An immediate end to management intimidation and attempts to stifle dissent
•The establishing of a means for us to hold management to account
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Latest: The “Academic Board” has recommended that the Politics and International Relations courses be closed. Steve West will be making the final decision no later than 1st March…

[Sign saying "uwe loves politics and IR"] Students and staff at the University of the West of England in Bristol have been met with unwelcome news from the Vice Chancellor’s office that management are considering a proposal to scrap the university’s entire Politics and International Relations department. Students campaigning against this absurd proposal released the following statement:

“As students of the University of the West of England Bristol, we reject the Vice-Chancellors posturing to cut politics and international relations at UWE. We recognise that these courses received 92% and 90% student satisfaction in the recent national student survey, they maintain a good level of recruitment, also 90% of politics and IR graduates go onto employment within six months of graduating.

As such we call for the Vice chancellor to withdraw this proposal and continue to support Politics and International relations at UWE. Cuts such as these would damage the services students receive at this educational institution.

We feel that these proposals would serve only to damage the academic integrity of the university and the community in general.

As students we will seek to work closely with our lecturers and support staff.”

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Sussex Against Privatisation Banner

Sussex Against Privatisation Banner (Photo courtesy of Alice Bell)

On 7th February,  following a demonstration against the privatisation of 235 jobs at their university,  Sussex students occupied the Bramber conference centre on their campus. They are demanding:

1. A complete halting of the ongoing bidding process and end to the entire privatization program, effective immediately.
2. A commission of students, 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 student and workers’ say in these decisions.
3. An end to the intimidation that senior and middle management have used to deter students and workers for airing and acting on their concerns.

Please consider signing the statement of solidarity to show your support

Check out their  the website or facebook group for more info.

UPDATES:  (check @occupy_sussex twitter, or the Sussex Against Privatisation blog for latest)

There will be updates on http://uloccupation.wordpress.com shortly!

Minutes from The Linc

The event, “University Question Time”, will start at 5pm at the LPAC and is open to all staff and students, however student cards are required for entry.

Also on the panel will be Chris Charnley, president of Lincoln SU, Richard Keeble, acting head of the Lincoln School of Journalism, as well as Jack Dobson, a member of University of Lincoln Occupation. Roger Buttery, university board member and SU trustee, will be chairing the discussion.

The meeting is a result of the student occupation at the university in December, in protest against the rise in tuition fees. The group spent 219 hours in the beanbag room in the Main Admin Building and finished following a meeting with Stuart.
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EU TIMES

A grim report prepared by France’s General Directorate for External Security (DGSE) obtained by Russia’s Foreign Intelligence Service (SVR) states that president’s Obama and Sarkozy have “agreed in principal” to create a joint US-European military force to deal exclusively with a Global uprising expected this spring as our World runs out of food.

According to this report, Sarkozy, as head of the G-20 group of developed Nations, called for and received an emergency meeting with Obama this past Monday at the White Housewherein he warned his American counterpart that the shock rise in food prices occurring due to an unprecedented series of disasters was threatening the stability of the entire World and could lead to the outbreak of Total Global War.

Just last week French Prime Minister Francois Fillon underlined that one of France’s top G-20 priorities was to find a collective response to “excessive volatility” in food prices now occurring, a statement joined by Philippe Chalmin, a top economic adviser to the French government, who warned the World may face social unrest including food riots in April as grain prices increase to unprecedented highs.
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