Sussex UCU Hardship Fund: Guidelines
This fund has been set up to help staff whose financial circumstances have been seriously affected by the recent industrial action. It is funded by staff and student donations made to Sussex UCU over the past few weeks.
The hardship fund is not designed to replace lost earnings. It is intended for those who have particular need of assistance as UCU members undertaking strike action.
The amount available to individual staff will necessarily depend on the number of applicants to the fund. Individual means-testing will not be possible in these circumstances, but payments will vary according to current UCU subscription brackets (i.e. higher payments for those at the bottom of the salary scale).
To apply, please download this form and send it to the UCU Office (Arts B119), along with your payslip showing a deduction for strike action.
If no deductions are shown on your payslip (e.g. if you are an Associate Tutor or other hourly-paid staff member), please provide confirmation of expected work on March 18th, such as a teaching timetable.
Any staff wishing to apply to the fund must submit their applications to the UCU Office no later than 4 weeks after the date to which the claim applies (ie four weeks after the actual pay deduction). That way we can begin allocating the available funds and getting support to those in need of it as soon as possible.
Please note that further applications can be made to this fund should we undertake further strike action.
Many thanks to all of those who have already donated. Further donations can be made online, via paypal or direct to the account. Please click here for more details.