Category: Branch Anouncment

Action Update

Dear All, Thanks to everyone who came out again today for a great day of picketing! Just a quick update to let everyone know. 1)      Yesterday (Tue 26 Nov) there was a meeting of Council, the governing body of the university with various external people who sit on it. We picketed the venue – Darwin – …

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Strike Go fund me

Details of School and Departmental Go Fund Me’s: SSPSSR: https://www.gofundme.com/f/sspssr-ucustrikesback-strike-fund KLS: https://gf.me/u/wwapmx POLIR: https://www.gofundme.com/f/ucu-2019-strike-emergency-fund-polir?utm_source=customer&utm_medium=copy_link&utm_campaign=p_cf+share-flow-1   Please email details of your Fund to g.m.dean@kent.ac.uk for inclusion.

Strike Day One

Dear Members It was amazing to see so many  wonderful colleagues on the pickets this morning. We had packed branch meeting, at which our updated hardship fund rules were unanimously approved. We will remind you of the details in a separate message later on. The meeting was followed by a lovely branch lunch in Rutherford …

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Kent Union supports UCU

Dear University of Kent UCU members, Members will be pleased to hear that the students union, Kent Union, has voted to support our strikes today. https://kentunion.co.uk/news/article/kent-union-strike-stance On behalf of all UCU members we thank Kent Union for this gesture of solidarity. Philip, Mark, Owen, Sian

Strike Updates

Lots more information is now out from UCU, including FAQs re industrial action:  https://www.ucu.org.uk/heaction https://www.ucu.org.uk/he-action-faqs

Urgent Branch Meeting

Dear UCU members  We will be holding an urgent Branch Meeting to discuss the forthcoming strikes on Tuesday 12th November, 1 pm in CCLT1 – Cornwallis Central Lecture Theatre 1. We look forward to seeing as many of you as possible then.  Best  Sian, Owen, Mark and Phil Branch Officers

Strike dates announced – WE HAVE YOUR BACK

Dear University of Kent UCU members,  As you should now have heard directly from UCU, our branch will be joining many other UCU branches in taking strike action over pay, equality, anti-casualisation and workload  We will be taking taking 8 days of strike action from Monday 25th November (week10) till Wednesday 4th December (week 11) inclusive.  We will keep you informed of developments. For now, please be assured: WE HAVE YOUR BACK.  We have a healthy strike fund …

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VOTE: Be the XX

Dear Members PAY AND PENSIONS STRIKE DEADLINE:  Post deadline is 28th October LOST BALLOT PAPER: Contact UCU by 23rd October MINIMUM 50% TURNOUT REQUIRED FOR STRIKE ACTION. Why you should vote? Voice – Voting will strengthen your Voice enabling UCU to negotiate effectively on pensions, workloads, pay and equality locally and nationally. Oppose – We …

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We have your back!

Dear All, Some UCU members on precarious contracts, or who are financially unstable for other reasons, are understandably anxious about striking and its financial consequences. If this is you, Kent branch UCU has good news for you: we’ve got your back.  We have a healthy strike fund out of which we can subsidise lost income from the very first day of industrial action.  Claimants last …

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Statement re funds raised for precarious staff in spring 2018 strike

Dear University of Kent UCU members, Those colleagues who were at Kent during Spring 2018 may recall that some departments organised donations to top-up union hardship payments for precarious staff taking part in industrial action. Due to changes in management policy that the branch achieved, some of the proposed pay deductions never took place and …

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