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Catering staff at the University of Sussex will now be furloughed until March

Published on 13th November 2020 at 15:50.

As many of you will have seen, there has been a huge mobilisation of staff and students over the past couple of weeks to stop Chartwells, the company that owns many of the food outlets on campus, from making 70% of its staff redundant. The Students' Union and trade unions on campus have been working together to demand that the University intervenes in this redundancy process and that it stands by members of our community who have been key workers throughout the pandemic.

As a result of this campaign, these 39 members of staff will no longer lose their source of income. The Vice Chancellor sent out this communication to staff this afternoon:

“Over the last few weeks, we have been working closely with Chartwells to find a way to support staff and yesterday agreed a deal which will prevent the need for redundancies at Sussex Food for the time being. This involves the University providing significant financial support and is based both upon Chartwells’ commitment to working with the University for the long-term and our belief that we can return to a form of normality fairly soon.”

We would like to thank everyone that supported this campaign and demonstrated the power of student and staff solidarity. We would also like to commend the University for stepping up and upholding their values of courage and kindness.

Related links:

Campaign petition page

Students' Union call to action email to all Sussex students (sent on Tues, 10 Nov)