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University Outsourcing

EDM number 1216 in 2012-13, proposed by Caroline Lucas on 19/03/2013.
Categorised under the topics of Employment, Higher education and Service industries.

That this House is aware of the occupation taking place at the University of Sussex, which is part of an ongoing campaign by staff and students to oppose the University's plans to outsource key services, including catering and estates management, transferring more than 10 per cent of the workforce from university employment to private contractors; shares concerns about third party providers being contracted to undertake such services and is disappointed that the University has not fully considered the option of an in-house service improvement plan instead; regrets that neither trades unions nor the student union were properly involved in the outsourcing decisions taken by the University and continue to feel excluded from the decision-making processes; notes research that shows privatisation of services does not automatically raise the quality of what is on offer and that in many other institutions outsourcing has been accompanied by a significant decline in service levels, resulting in services being brought back in-house; expresses deep concern at the Government's promotion of the commercialisation of the higher education sector; and calls on Sussex and other universities to oppose moves to turn universities into businesses and students into consumers.

This motion has been signed by a total of 32 MPs.

MPDateConstituencyPartyType
Caroline Lucas19/03/2013Brighton, PavilionGreenProposed
John McDonnell19/03/2013Hayes and HarlingtonLabourSeconded
Jeremy Corbyn19/03/2013Islington NorthLabourSeconded
Paul Flynn19/03/2013Newport WestLabourSeconded
David Anderson19/03/2013BlaydonLabourSeconded
Katy Clark19/03/2013North Ayrshire and ArranLabourSeconded
Jim Dobbin20/03/2013Heywood and MiddletonLabourSigned
Virendra Sharma20/03/2013Ealing, SouthallLabourSigned
Martin Caton21/03/2013GowerLabourSigned
Kelvin Hopkins21/03/2013Luton NorthLabourSigned
Frank Doran22/03/2013Aberdeen NorthLabourSigned
Mary Glindon22/03/2013North TynesideLabourSigned
Ian Mearns25/03/2013GatesheadLabourSigned
Valerie Vaz25/03/2013Walsall SouthLabourSigned
Joan Walley25/03/2013Stoke-on-Trent NorthLabourSigned
Mike Hancock25/03/2013Portsmouth SouthLiberal DemocratSigned
Roger Godsiff25/03/2013Birmingham, Hall GreenLabourSigned
George Galloway25/03/2013Bradford WestRespectSigned
Hywel Francis25/03/2013AberavonLabourSigned
George Mudie25/03/2013Leeds EastLabourSigned
Bill Esterson26/03/2013Sefton CentralLabourSigned
John Leech26/03/2013Manchester, WithingtonLiberal DemocratSigned
John Cryer26/03/2013Leyton and WansteadLabourSigned
Alan Meale26/03/2013MansfieldLabourSigned
Dennis Skinner26/03/2013BolsoverLabourSigned
Richard Burden10/04/2013Birmingham, NorthfieldLabourSigned
Ronnie Campbell10/04/2013Blyth ValleyLabourSigned
David Crausby10/04/2013Bolton North EastLabourSigned
Jim Cunningham10/04/2013Coventry SouthLabourSigned
Paul Farrelly10/04/2013Newcastle-under-LymeLabourSigned
Michael Connarty15/04/2013Linlithgow and East FalkirkLabourSigned
Joan Ruddock18/04/2013Lewisham, DeptfordLabourSigned

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