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From The Socialist newspaper, 26 May 2010
'Sussex Six' result
Last week, students at Sussex University protested outside the disciplinary hearings of the 'Sussex Six'. The students, who are being punished for supposedly being 'ringleaders' of an occupation in March against job cuts, were facing a range of charges which could theoretically have resulted in them not being allowed to complete their degrees.
Admitting that there was insufficient evidence for most of the charges, the disciplinary committee only upheld that the six students were guilty of "conduct injurious to the academic or administrative activities of the university". They have been told that they must now pay a fine to the university and write a letter to three members of staff acknowledging the possibility that they could have felt intimidated during the occupation. Considering the massive response in support of the Six, this was probably the only result that could save management further embarrassment.
Seven hundred staff and students held a demonstration outside management's building followed by a week long occupation and trade unionists across the country sent in messages of protest. Management has backed down significantly and this is certainly a victory for Sussex Stop the Cuts campaign and the struggle to defend the right to protest. However, the plans to cut over 100 jobs and vital services at Sussex remain unchanged and the movement needs to continue in full force to fight this.
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In The Socialist 26 May 2010:
Millionaire ministers butcher public services
Con-Dem cuts - 'only the beginning'
National Shop Stewards Network
National Shop Stewards Network conference: Time to organise against con/dem attacks
Support BA Cabin Crew
Socialist Party news and analysis
Royal Mail not for sale
NHS cuts: The Con-Dem sting in the tail
Sri Lanka: One year after the war
Socialist Party national committee discusses building the fightback
Socialist Party workplace news
PCS conference: Preparing for action
Local government: Where's our pay award for 2010?
Fighting university cuts
Workplace news in brief
Young people: organise to fight the cuts
Socialist Party National Youth meeting
School student socialist
'Sussex Six' result
Students must pay, say the rich
Pamphlet: Our Education Under Attack: why a mass campaign is needed
Socialist Party feature
London 2012 Olympics: A big business spectacle
International socialist news and analysis
Greece: 2,500 hear Socialist MEP Joe Higgins declare week of action
Romania: Mass protests against EU/IMF deal
Puerto Rico: Students and workers fight austerity cuts
Education under attack: Con-Dem government prepares for battle
Unions must defend public services
Tory government says rich must pay less
Diane Abbott and the Labour Party leadership battle
The Socialist 26 May 2010 |
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