Support Fair Pay for Students’ Union Staff!

BSU staff have experienced nearly a decade of below-inflation pay awards, and we believe it is time to take action.

The University of Brighton UNISON branch has submitted a pay claim on behalf of staff working for Brighton Students’ Union (BSU) in the 2023/24 academic year. The pay claim has been put forward due to several factors that affect BSU staff including below-inflation pay awards and the rising costs of living.

We are asking for a cost-of-living increase of between 5% and 8% in line with the recommendations of the Universities & Colleges Employers Association (UCEA) final offer for university staff in the 2023/24 pay round.

After approximating University pay scales to ours, we asked for:

Spine points Requested uplift
8 – 14 7%
15 – 25 6%
26 – 31 5%


If you are not sure which spine point you are on you can find the pay scales on Students’ Union Central.

Without this uplift we will be hundreds of pounds worse off compared to University staff. We want to ensure that our pay does not fall further and further behind after years of below-inflation pay uplifts.

  • We have also asked for an interim uplift backdated to 1st February 2023.
  • If the UCEA pay offer changes through ongoing negotiations with HE unions, we want BSU to match it.
  • We have consulted with our members, and we believe that the UCEA pay offer should be used as a minimum for all future pay awards.

We urge you to join the Union and help us fight for fair pay for BSU staff. Staff working for the Students’ Union share common values, and are dedicated to supporting and representing students. We believe that as SU employees we also deserve that same level of representation and support. A trade union does what it says on the tin – we prioritise jobs, pay, and conditions for our members.

We want to be able to do that for you as well. The more people that join the trade union, the more we can put pressure on to make the changes we want more likely to happen.


There are many other benefits to joining UNISON, including help and support if things go wrong at work. We also meet termly with the president and CEO to discuss any upcoming issues that are relevant to all staff, for example any changes to terms and conditions, new policies or changes to existing ones.

Right now we are asking that you join because the more staff that do, the larger the number of staff who are represented by UNISON and standing behind our request for a better rate of pay. It’s a crucial time for you to join us.


If you would like to discuss the pay claim further or have any questions about UNISON membership, don’t hesitate to contact Luke Frost (SU UNISON Steward) via or via Teams.


You can read the full text of the pay claim here:

Students’ Union Pay Claim 2023-24 (with Addendum)


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