1st and 2nd March Pay Strikes

Following on from our successful ballot over the 2021-22 pay implementation, the branch committee met last week and decided we’d give notice to the University over our intention to take strike action over pay on Tuesday 1st and Wednesday 2nd March. Obviously this decision was not taken lightly and after a lengthy discussion, we decided that two days of strike…

2021-22 Pay Ballot Result: 78% vote YES on a 51% turnout

We’ve done it again! Our branch has beaten the undemocratic turnout threshold with a majority of members voting and an (almost) four to one vote in favour of taking strike action to oppose the August 2021 imposed pay rise (real-terms pay cut.) Thanks to everyone who voted, especially those who made an extra effort to get a replacement ballot paper.…

2nd December strike success, in spite of UEB’s wrecking tactics

First of all, thanks to all those members who were involved in our one day of strike action last Thursday. Whether you were there on the picket lines, on the demonstration or just withdrawing your labour for the day, we recognise the sacrifice you’ve made and your willingness to support the branch and each other, in trying to achieve our…

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…

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