University of Chichester-Living Wage won but pay campaign continues

Over at the University of Chichester, UNISON West Sussex and the UCU have won an agreement for staff with its contracted firms to be paid the Living Wage. This is a significant achievement which will benefit the lowest paid workers in the University’s cleaning, catering and security contracts, and demonstrates a welcome and progressive approach on the part of Chichester university management.

Meanwhile, the University’s own staff have had to take industrial action in pursuit of their own pay claim.

The national employers’ organisation (UCEA) has offered just 1%, causing staff at the University to walk out in well-supported strike action. The next date for industrial action is likely to be 6th February but is still subject to discussion with other trade unions.