UNISON

Join our friendly and supportive group of ordinary (and extraordinary!) staff, working together to help make Sussex a safer, happier and more rewarding place to work.

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We are an active UNISON branch, representing staff from all areas of the University and in many different roles.

Our members are Professional Services and other support staff working in a wide variety of locations and teams across campus, from Grade 2 through to Grade 9.

Wherever you work, and whatever job title you have, we are here to support you by: 

  • helping to protect your jobs, terms and conditions
  • negotiating with the University employers over your annual pay rise*     
  • challenging threats to your pension**
  • publicising the wide range of member benefits available 
  • providing information, advice and an opportunity to talk confidentially 
  • being a first point of contact for any issues affecting your working life
  • letting you know about free training and other opportunities to develop your skills, interests and careers
  • providing opportunities for members to get to know each other, stand together and look out for each other
  • always being your 'friend at work'.

There's safety in numbers. If you're not already a member, please join now.

If you are already a member, please consider getting more involved and help us make our branch even stronger and more effective. Drop us a line on unisoninfo@sussex.ac.uk if you're interested and we'll let you know more details of how you can help your branch (and enhance your CV at the same time!). 

UNISON is involved in the annual pay negotiations for staff directly-employed by the University. Unfortunately we are not able to directly influence the pay of campus members employed by other organisation (e.g. Chartwells) - just one of the many reasons we always oppose outsourcing of staff! 
** The UCU union have sole negotiating rights for the USS pension scheme, so while we can support members experiencing issues, we cannot directly influence how the scheme works. Most UNISON members at Sussex are in other pension schemes, including USPAS or USPSS, where we do have negotiating rights.

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