Sussex University students occupy in solidarity with Higher Education strikes

30 October 2013

halloween strike“We are occupying Arts A1 Lecture Theatre TODAY in support of the staff strike tomorrow in the fight for fair pay in higher education.

This strike is against the measly 1% pay increase offered to staff this year, which equates to a real wage cut of 13% after 3 years of pay freezes.

This cut has occurred at a time when the pay and benefits for university management has increased by more than £5,000 in 2011-12, with the average pay and pensions package for vice-chancellors reaching nearly £250,000. Michael Farthing, Sussex VC, has alone received a 57% pay and pension rise since 2007.

At the same time, the cost of living is rapidly increasing and many staff in Higher Education  facilities are still being paid minimum wage, and the gender gap for pay is still palpable. This is unacceptable. This is insulting. This cannot continue.

We will be acting as an information point for anyone who would like to find out more about the strike. Come support us, find out more, and join us on the picket lines tomorrow between 7am-3pm!

We fully encourage all students and lecturers scheduled to take part in lectures here today to come and join us. It is in no way our intention to disrupt your learning, and we have not disrupted any academic events today.

Unfortunately, Estates and Facilities Management are attempting to stop people from getting in, but we highly encourage everyone to come along! We have ensured open access to the building and everyone is welcome!”

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