UCU strikes deal with Sussex United to end tagging boycott Brighton News

The UNIVERSITY of Sussex has reached an agreement with a union to end a grading and assessment boycott.

The University of Sussex was one of many universities where members of the University and College Union (UCU) took part in industrial action, demanding fair pay, job security, manageable workloads and equality.

Following discussions, the University of Sussex and the Sussex branch of UCU have agreed to ensure that working conditions and pay are important in the recruitment and retention of staff and to balance fair rewards for staff with the long-term sustainability of the university.

The University Executive Group and UCU will also work together to ensure the best prospects for the university.

The agreement ends industrial action under the union’s current mandate, which runs until October 2022, including the rating and assessment boycott and the threat of a strike.

Acting Vice-Chancellor David Maguire said: “I am very pleased that following continued constructive dialogue, we have reached agreement on these three issues.

“This ends all industrial action, including the boycott of grading and assessment, and we can now collectively focus on getting their grades and graduating.

“This is a very important agreement. I very much appreciate the work of many colleagues to conclude it and I thank everyone for their willingness to find a compromise.

Jo Pawlik, president of UCU Sussex, said: “Reaching agreement on important issues to protect the interests, working conditions and benefits of our members is extremely important to us.

“We have created working groups with representation from the UCU and senior leadership to advance discussions on a number of pay and working conditions.”

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This notice was published: 2022-06-09 11:50:15

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