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University of Sussex staff to strike over job cuts

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University of Sussex union members will strike on 18 March

Staff at the University of Sussex have announced plans to hold a one-day strike over proposed job cuts.

Members of the University and College Union at the University of Sussex will walk out on 18 March after 76% of those balloted supported industrial action.

The university said the proposal to cut 115 jobs and create 20 new posts was made in November and was the subject of a consultation.

Union officials said there was a threat of compulsory redundancies.

'Impact students'

Paul Cecil, of University and College Union, added: "Industrial action is an absolute last resort, but the university's unwillingness to enter into meaningful negotiations has forced our hand.

"The bottom line is that serious job losses will impact massively on the quality of education and services we can offer here at Sussex, which will result in a far worse experience for students."

On Monday the university announced that six students had been suspended following a sit-in protest against the plans to cut staff numbers.

About 50 students had barricaded themselves into the university offices in Falmer, near Brighton, on Wednesday.

The university said it had suspended six students after they were identified as having taken part in the sit-in, which also led to two arrests.

About 100 students took part in wider protests around the campus against the proposed cuts.

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