Kester Richardson-Dawes

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National Strike Events & Pickets at Kent

National Strike Events at Kent Thursday 24th  CANTERBURY Pickets 8:30 – 10:00 Staff – Student Rally 10:30 UCU Social – Unicorn pub 12:00 Friday 25th MEDWAY Picket 8:30 – 11:00 ONLINE Picket & Branch Meeting 11:00 – 12:00 Wednesday 30th  National London Demo 13:00 CANTERBURY Picket 14:00 – 16:00 (only Law School confirmed so far) …

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EG to cut degree programmes in ALL divisions?

Sign the petition here Kent’s Executive Group (EG) are considering closing a large number degree programmes across ALL divisions, not just the Arts & Humanities (which has hitherto been the focus of cuts). Any degree that recruits under 20 students could be at risk. Undergraduate tuition fees are still the university’s main source of income and …

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Strike Dates Announced 👇

National UCU Strikes National UCU has called three national strike days over USS pensions and pay on: Thursday 24th November; Friday 25th November and Wednesday 30th November. Action short of a strike begins from Wednesday 23rd November. There will be financial support from UCU for pay deductions resulting from industrial action. All information about the strikes …

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NATIONAL UCU wins ballot over pensions, pay and conditions 

This NATIONAL ballot is entirely separate from the local issues in my previous email today NATIONALLY UCU have voted with 57.8% turnout in the NATIONAL industrial action ballot over pay, precarity and inequalities. The ‘Yes’ vote was 81.1%. NATIONALLY UCU have voted with 60.2% turnout in the NATIONAL industrial action ballot over USS pensions. The ‘Yes’ vote was 84.9%. This …

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LOCAL Negotiations Update – Important

Important Progress – LOCAL Negotiations are Continuing   Because you voted to ballot for LOCAL industrial action if necessary, EG have now offered a ‘commitment to all Arts and Humanities staff that there will be no compulsory redundancies as a result of the current review.’    This represents good progress. Negotiations are continuing between UCU …

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Kent UCU votes to ballot

Kent UCU votes to ballot   Today you passed a motion to launch an industrial action ballot over job security & other issues at Kent, with 98% voting in favour.   This was the highest ever proportional meeting turnout in the history of your branch.   Leading organisers from the strongest UCU branches in the …

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Kent UCU Financial Counternarrative

Kent University Executive Group (EG) have increased central contribution costs from Divisions and are threatening jobs in Arts and Humanities to pay off outstanding building debts and to fund £60 million of building projects in the next 5 years.    From the University Financial Statements it is clear that EG’s priority is buildings, not staff.  …

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