Category: Branch Anouncment

Kent UCU Victory! University Commits to no Compulsory Redundancies of UCU Members in 2021

🎉Congratulations! 🎉 You have defended your job and those of fellow UCU members! Our agreement with the University gives UCU members protection from job cuts in 2021. E-Vote Result: Do you accept the agreement between UCU and the university to resolve the dispute over compulsory redundancies in 2021? Yes: 96% Thanks to your vote in …

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USS Update: HQ and UUK Surveys on USS Proposal

Short Summary (TL; DR) Please oppose Option A in the upcoming survey on the USS that management is about to send out. It involves huge cuts to pensions based on an unjustified and debunked valuation. Please complete the HQ survey (previously circulated by email) to indicate when would be the best time to take action as a …

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UCU and UoK Joint Statement Regarding the USS Trustee and Valuation

Lines dividing the UCU and UUK positions regarding the 2020 USS Trustee valuation are regrettably becoming clearer. In an email sent yesterday, Jo Grady wrote that, rather than attempt to pressure the trustees into reforming their reverse-engineered and unjustified valuation, UUK ‘is proposing massive cuts to USS members’ retirement benefits and is consulting [our employers] …

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Workload Campaign Update

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On Wednesday 7th April, Chris attended a sub-JSNCC meeting with Richard Reece, Martin Atkinson,  Louise Naylor and Daniel Clarke in order to discuss plans for Autumn term 2021-22 teaching. At the meeting, Richard presented a .pptx that contained a range of plans that were to be put to EG today (Monday 12.4.21). Richard requested that …

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UCU Workload Survey 2020

In December 2020, branch officers undertook a survey of members in order to assess the impact of the transition towards blended learning on staff workload. Taking into account both qualitative and quantitative data from both professional services and academic members of staff, officers then compiled an analytical report and eight recommendations for the University to …

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Press Release: Ballot Against Compulsory Redundancies at the University of Kent

Following the outstanding result of our e-ballot, the Kent UCU branch has launched our local postal ballot against compulsory redundancies. The branch has one simple demand of senior management: rule out compulsory redundancies in 2021. That is why the branch committee & reps are asking you to vote YES to strike action and YES to action short …

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Branch alternatives to Pay Freeze

Dear UCU members, As promised last Friday, this email will provide you with details of UCU’s alternative proposals to those offered by management.  It contains our proposals to respond to the financial shock of Covid-19 as well as key points for negotiation to achieve a more progressive approach to cost saving. It sets a priority both …

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Consultation on what Kent HR call a new Reward Strategy

Dear members, University management have begun consultation on a new Reward Strategy. https://www.kent.ac.uk/hr-staffinformation/jsncc/index.html?tab=reward-strategy-consultation You will need your kent credentials to see it. These proposals would change which points on the pay spine are used for many grades – changing starting points, maximum available via automatic progression and maximum available via discretionary increments. In many cases …

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Dispute Update

Dear members, This is a message concerning the results of the re-ballot over pensions, the results of which came in last week, and the announcement of further industrial action at the national level. As many of you will know, the 2016 trade union act requires union votes to meet a 50 per cent threshold to …

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Climate Learning Week

Climate themed learning week: 10-14 February 2020 All branches are encouraged to run a climate themed learning week between 10th and 14th Frburary.  Colleagues can find materials and ideas on the UCU web site: https://ctlw.web.ucu.org.uk/ UCU is also fully supporting Teach the Future campaign Mark on behalf of Branch officers and Environment reps