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Welcome to the University of Sussex UNISON Branch.

Here is our latest news, our upcoming events, and some information about our branch:

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PAY CLAIM 2017

The 2017 pay claim has now been settled after all three campus unions (UNISON, UCU & Unite) agreed to accept the final offer. 


If you are a member who is directly-employed by the University of Sussex*, you will have started to receive your increased salary at the end of August. You can check out the new Sussex salary scales here.


The UNISON ballot results were: 

  • NATIONAL (all UNISON branches): 70% accepted the offer, 30% rejected it.

  • SUSSEX UNI BRANCH: 51% accepted the offer, 49% rejected it.


The Sussex UNISON ballot was very close but the national one gave a much clearer direction, and informed the union's decision to settle. 

Although a pay increase is always welcome, and the unions did negotiate an increase in the original offer again, we know this is yet another below-inflation pay award for our members, meaning our salaries continue to decrease in real terms. We think you deserve better than this.


Please encourage your colleagues to join UNISON. That way we can become a bigger, stronger and more effective 'friend at work' to help improve the conditions, morale and opportunities for all staff at Sussex.

MORE MEMBERS = A STRONGER UNION = BETTER TERMS AND CONDITIONS FOR EVERYONE (which also equals a happier, healthier and more effective workplace).

On a more positive note, we were very pleased to see that our branch's response rate was much higher than the national average so thanks to all of you who took part in the ballot. If you all engage with ballots and other consultations in future we will be in the best possible position to represent all of our members properly. 

You can also contact us at any time at unisoninfo@sussex.ac.uk if you have any comments, thoughts, questions or ideas.

* Only staff who are directly employed by the University of Sussex will have received this increase as campus members employed by other organisations (including IDS, SEF and Chartwells) are not covered by these JNCHES negotiations. (Just one of many reasons why we always oppose outsourcing, and are always trying to increase membership across the whole University!)

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SOCIAL EVENTS

It was great to see so many of you at our summer picnic on 29 June, despite the slightly dodgy weather! Congratulations to the following members who walked away with some great prizes:

Amazon Fire tablet: David Gillman

Amazon Fire tablet (new members' prize): Lynn Perez

£30 Bill's restaurant voucher: Tabitha Ellwood

Large box of chocolates: Jade Talbot

Bottle of prosecco: Neil Forshaw

Chocolate slab: Matthew Tiernan

Mini bottles of wine: Tina Wells

We are hoping to organise more UNISON social events in the coming months so keep an eye out for more details on these pages, and in your inboxes!

 

About Sussex UNISON

We are a focused and active branch representing staff from all areas of the University and in many different roles; including senior administrators and managers, support staff in all the Schools and in many research departments, library staff, premises and security teams, catering and conferences, residences staff, estates and cleaning, Communications, HR, IDS, Creche and other professional services sections.

How we support you

Wherever you work, UNISON is there to support you. 

Even in this tough economic climate our goal is to:

  • Protect members' jobs, terms and conditions and pay
  • Maintain quality public services
  • Prevent employers undermining national bargaining structures
  • Provide members with support, advice, information and services
Benefits of being in UNISON

As a member of UNISON you will have access to legal advice, help and support from your Branch officers, and you can keep up to date with current issues and campaigns through our e-mail list, meetings and surveys.

There are lots of other national discounts and benefits you can receive as a UNISON member. Find out about exclusive deals and offers available with your membership via the UNISON webpage.

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