Mark Bergfeld has written a provocative article in Ceasefire magazine welcoming the Pop-Up Union formed by workers at the University of Sussex to resist privatisation plans.
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.
Note: This piece was published before rs21 was established as an independent organisation in January 2014. rs21 was founded by a group of people who had been in the opposition within the SWP and who left in response to its persistent mishandling of rape and sexual harassment allegations against a leading member.