The University of Sussex: Compensate students for strike action

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Edwina Laycock
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There will now be a further 14 days of strike action between Thursday 20th February and Friday 13th March. This means we will miss at least 3 weeks of classes at a critical time of the year for our education.

So to the management: we are demanding our classes. We want them to offer the staff what they need in order to teach us. If the university won’t do that, then we demand our money back!!

We urge the University to try and resolve this ongoing issue.

We want the University of Sussex to reimburse all students for teaching and learning time lost due to the planned strikes. Additionally, we want the University to listen to lecturer and student demands and work with the UCU to find an amicable solution to the threats our lecturers currently face: concerns about pay, casualisation, working conditions, the gender pay gap, racial inequality, workloads and pensions.

As students, we support our lecturers and University staff who choose to take industrial action to protect their- and our- futures and interests. However, we feel that we should be compensated by the University of Sussex for the fact that we are missing extremely valuable time from our education as a result of the University's attitudes towards its staff.

Last year, tutors went on strike from Monday 25th November to Wednesday 4th December, which caused massive disruption to thousands of students' coursework, exams and projects. Based on £9,000 a year tuition fees, with the strike lasting the full eight days, students lost £380 each (£300 paid for every five day week), and an equally appropriate sum of compensation for Postgraduate Students. With approximately 21,000 students at the University of Sussex, this equates to the university paying out roughly £7,980,000 in compensation. This does not include international students who pay twice the tuition losing out on double the money.

There will now be a further 14 days of strike action between Thursday 20th February and Friday 13th March. Students are set to lose £665 each.

Additionally there shouldn’t be an application process, all students should receive the full amount of compensation automatically, without having to fill out forms.