Thursday 2nd December – Strike Date Announced

As you know, we’ve been using our strike ballot mandate to campaign for the University to make bonus payments to support staff, to make up for the pay freeze imposed on us all in August 2020. We first made the claim in the middle of October, and the Vice Chancellor’s response, via a number of letters, has invariably been that…

Eastbourne – more educational vandalism dressed up as progress

Many people will be shocked and saddened by the announcement made last week about the University’s proposal to consolidate its estate in Brighton and pull out of Eastbourne. It doesn’t feel that long ago since Hastings was closed, but Eastbourne has much deeper and historic roots and many Eastbourne staff have given decades of service to the University. It has…

Ballot for strike action – a response to the VC’s email

It is true that UCU are currently balloting their members over pay, workload, pay gaps etc. This is a national dispute across many universities and UCU are looking to force UCEA, the employers’ organisation back to negotiate a meaningful settlement to address these issues properly. The 1.5% uplift in pay from August 2021, was imposed at the end of the…

Please complete our survey on hybrid and homeworking

The South East Regional Equality Action Group launched a survey last week on hybrid and homeworking, to find out if the switch to new ways of working are beneficial to UNISON members, or whether this change in workplace culture is having a detrimental effect on certain groups of workers. https://southeast.unison.org.uk/news/article/2021/09/hybrid-and-home-working-ensuring-an-inclusive-approach/ It only takes five minutes, or less than that if…

Covid 19 – Early September Update

With the return of students, the University is gearing to adopt a “Covid-aware” approach, in line with what the government are saying. This is basically shifting the emphasis from the University dealing with Covid safety to individuals taking responsibility themselves, by washing hands regularly, wearing a face-covering “when moving around the University” (strongly advised at least) and being regularly tested.…

A farewell collection for One World staff

A farewell collection for One World staff Helen Abrahams Student Advice Manager Hi, a paypal pool has been created for anyone wishing to make a donation towards a gift for the 11 staff working at the now closed One World nursery.  If you would like to make a donation, please do so by using this link: paypal.me/pools/c/8BJRkdGQSS. You do not need…

Rally for decent pay – tonight

Our pay ballot is open until 10th August, so if you’ve not voted yet, please do it now. If you need a replacement ballot paper, you’ll need to call 0800 0 857 857 to ask for a new one. This evening, there’s an on-line rally, hosted by the University of East Anglia branch, details here.

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