Union action 2018

The higher education trade union, University and College Union (UCU), is carrying out industrial action at Sussex and 63 other universities in a national dispute over the future of Universities Superannuation Scheme (USS).

The USS is one of a range of pension schemes available to University staff. 

The strike action is expected to take place over 14 days, starting from Thursday 22 February. The dates for industrial action are:

  • Week one - Thursday 22 and Friday 23 February (two days)
  • Week two - Monday 26, Tuesday 27 and Wednesday 28 February (three days)
  • Week three - Monday 5, Tuesday 6, Wednesday 7 and Thursday 8 March (four days)
  • Week four - Monday 12, Tuesday 13, Wednesday 14, Thursday 15 and Friday 16 March (five days)

The University recognises the rights of staff to take lawful industrial action but our priority must continue to be our students and ensuring that you receive the highest quality of education, with minimal disruption to your studies.

As the striking staff do not need to let the University know in advance if they will be working, we must plan for significant participation in the industrial action so that we can put in place arrangements to keep core services running.

The University will remain open throughout this period and we will be working hard to keep classes and activities scheduled, as close to normal as possible. 

During the period of industrial action, please continue to attend your classes as normal. If there are any changes, staff will be on hand to notify students. We will also be putting information onto these student web pages and on the Sussex Mobile app – look out for the 'Union action info' tile.

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