Industrial action

Industrial Action at Kent

From Martin Atkinson | Director of HR and Organisational Development

On 27 January, we received notification that the University and College Union (UCU) has announced further strike days as part of the national disputes over the proposed changes to the USS Pension Scheme and over Pay and Conditions. This will take the form of two periods of action at Kent 

  1. 14 to 18 and 21 to 22 February  

  2. 28 February to 2 March 

The UCU’s mandate for Action Short of a Strike (ASOS) remains in place until 3 May. 

We regret that this decision has been taken and that it has not yet proved possible to resolve these national disputes. Strikes inevitably lead to some disruption, but we will continue to work with our local UCU colleagues on all of the issuesAs with the strike days in December, we have in place plans to mitigate disruption as far as possible for all our staff and students.  

While we might have differing views on how to address the various issues, we all want what’s best for Kent. We showed this togetherness in December during a difficult period, and we were able to maintain good relations and minimise disruption for staff and students. I hope that we can all approach this next period of strike action in the same constructive way. 

Martin Atkinson | Director of HR and Organisational Development