University Support Staff (JCUSS)

The University has recognised the following as the only trade unions entitled to engage in collective bargaining on behalf of their respective staff groups:

  • Unite (previously known as Amicus) in respect of staff employed in the University Technician grades and in the Estates Directorate Works Yard;
  • Unison in respect of staff employed by the University in its clerical and library, ancillary, parks, and gardens grades.

The University has agreed to accord Unite and Unison a number of facilities as recognised trade unions.

The Joint Committee for University Staff (JCUSS) consists of equal numbers of members appointed by the University and by Unite and Unison together. The joint committee meets termly (and on such other occasions as either side requests) to consider and discuss matters relating to the terms and conditions of employment of university-graded support staff. The terms of reference of this committee are set out in the Recognition Agreement for the JCUSS. Its Chair is currently Dr Judith Maltby. The current membership of the Joint Committees is available from the contact details.

Contacting Unite

The Chairman and Acting Secretary of the University Branch of Unite is Mr Peter Belk (Department of Physiology, Anatomy and Genetics), who has an office at 41 Wellington Square (Tel. Oxford (2)82647). An answerphone message may be left on the same number.

Contacting Unison

Unison has an office at 16 Wellington Square, where, by appointment, clerical, library, ancillary, parks, and gardens staff may consult their representatives. Queries from Unison members should be referred either to their Unison departmental representatives or the employees’ Joint Secretary.