Human Resources

UNISON industrial action

UNISON has announced two days of strike action taking place on Monday 2 and Tuesday 3 October 2023.  

Sussex is one of 21 universities in England and Scotland where coordinated strike action will take place in September and October as part of an ongoing national dispute over pay.  

We recognise that no one decides to take industrial action lightly and we respect people’s right to strike. We are aware that in these financially challenging times, pay is at the forefront of everyone’s minds. As our new Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Provost Professor Michael Luck said last week with reference to upcoming UCU strike action, at Sussex, like other universities, we are bound by a national collective bargaining agreement. 
What do I need to do if I am taking part in the strike action? 
You must complete the University’s electronic declaration form to confirm the date(s) on which you took strike action by 5pm on Thursday 12 October 2023. 

We remain committed to working collaboratively with you all to improve our employment practices and working conditions for all staff. We are keen to continue to work with our three recognised campus trade unions, Unite, UNISON and UCU to achieve this, as we did over 16 weeks to reach a joint agreement on a number of issues relating to pay and working conditions. We will be updating you shortly on our progress since that agreement. 
Where can I find more information? 
Please see the University’s FAQs on industrial action