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Industrial action at the University of Sussex

One of our recognised trade unions representing some University staff (University and College Union or UCU) has announced fourteen days of strikes, to take place over a four-week period between 20 February and 13 March 2020 in relation to ongoing disputes about pay and pensions.

This action will be taking place on:

  • Week one – Thursday 20 and Friday 21 February
  • Week two – Monday 24, Tuesday 25 and Wednesday 26 February
  • Week three – Monday 2, Tuesday 3, Wednesday 4 and Thursday 5 March
  • Week four – Monday 9, Tuesday 10, Wednesday 11, Thursday 12 and Friday 13 March

In addition, UCU Union members are currently being asked to take another form of action known as action short of a strike (ASOS) until 29 April 2020.

Whilst industrial action will mean disruption for many in our community, it is a legal right for workers in the UK and we’re committed to maintaining respect, safety and good relations between students and staff throughout, and beyond, any period of industrial action.

Any period of industrial action is difficult for everyone involved. The University will be working to ensure that our students’ education and learning outcomes are not disadvantaged whilst respecting our colleagues’ right to take lawful action.

Given the potential length of this planned action and the significant implications of ASOS on our students’ experience, the University hopes that a resolution to this dispute can be found quickly.

The University is entitled to withhold pay for individuals who breach their employment contract by striking and we reserve the right to do so at a rate of 1/365th of annual salary for each day of action. This is pro rata for part-time staff.

Please be advised that the University also reserves the right to deduct pay for ASOS.

Please visit the staff web pages to find out more.

We will be providing information to students and you can see that guidance on the Student Hub.

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By: Harvey Atkinson
Last updated: Friday, 7 February 2020

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