Dear University of Kent UCU members,
Our local strike fund is available to support you, if you need it, where industrial action has reduced your pay.
Even if you have already claimed, you may be able to make a further claim to the local fund.
Please read the details of what you can claim carefully, noting that both autumn 2019 and spring 2020 strikes are considered together.
For staff on over £30,000, the local hardship fund covers your first two days of strike action, and any days after the national hardship fund limit is reached. The national fund pays out from your day 3, at a rate of £50 a day, to a maximum of £800. Thus it covers your days 3-18. We then locally cover your days 19-22 (if someone has been on strike for that many in total). Thus, if you were on strike 19+ days, please supply the payslips once days 19+ are deducted, and do also consider applying to the national fund for days 3-18 (if you haven’t already).
For staff earning less than £30,000, please apply to the national fund. If you reach the limit of the national fund (£1100 in this case), then please supply evidence of losses over and above that to the local fund (and we will cover up to £75 per day for the excess).
To apply, please email your evidence (payslips for substantive staff or hours not worked forms plus proof of hourly rate for hourly paid staff) to Owen.
No explanation of hardship is required for spring claims (due to our updated branch motion) – please do claim if you need to.
Claims can be made up to 3 months from the point of the loss – if the loss came in March payroll, please claim by the end of June. If you haven’t been deducted yet, claim within 3 months of the deduction (eg by end July for April deductions), but the sooner you claim, the sooner we can pay.
Owen, Mark, Des, Philip and Sian