The Pop-up Union was formed to break through the ossified local union structure on campus, characterised by conservative leadership and “zombie” branches. It is a symptom of wider political radicalisation on campus. The political experience of younger workers has propelled them to reshape and contest the established relationship between the rank-and-file and trade union bureaucracy at Sussex. It presents an exciting opportunity to reinvigorate both the student and trade union movement at Sussex and beyond.
The SWP leadership has responded to Mark’s article in a piece bylined to Sandy Nicoll in the June issue of Socialist Review. Mark will be replying in turn in the next issue of Socialist Review.