Category: Branch Meeting

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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Save Jobs at Kent: Launch Marking & Assessment Boycott

UCU meeting votes to begin sustained local marking & assessment boycott on 3rd March to defend jobs & workloads at Kent Your Kent UCU negotiators will be redoubling their efforts to prevent compulsory redundancy processes this calendar year, armed with this new leverage you voted for today. Members will be kept up to date every …

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Motions Passed at Branch Meeting 21.07.21

At a branch meeting on the 21st July 2021 the branch voted to adopt the following four motions: Vote Number 1 – Subs Increase This motion set local subs rates for the year. Please contact any of the branch officers for details.   Motion 2 – Against Victimization of UCU reps Branch notes: Senior management …

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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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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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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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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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Dear University of Kent UCU members, URGENT MATTER – REASON FOR EMERGENCY MEETING UCU, nationally and locally, has been trying to move staff from casual/precarious contracts onto decent, ongoing, secure contracts for many years. University management, however, seems to plan to address anti-casualisation by making very large numbers of such staff redundant. We attach this …

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