Category: Strike

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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Please VOTE today!

Dear University of Kent UCU members,  Please VOTE today! As well as the General Election though, please do vote in the UCU USS re-ballot (you don’t need to be in USS to vote).  You should have received a new ‘pension’ ballot Following our historic strike action over pay, workload, casualisation and equalities in the last …

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Re Ballot on USS

As we’re in the process of reballotting on pensions, we thought this might be of interest to members. It’s a short Twitter thread from a colleague at Sheffield who is one of the national UCU negotiators, discussing a document that USS has just released concerning the 2020 valuation. https://twitter.com/sam_marsh101/status/1202241550593482752 Judging by his analysis here, it …

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Strike Memories

Some Hightlights of the recent action, in no particular order. Teach ins: UK higher education and the 2019 General Election: UK Higher Education and General Election 2019 – updated – PowerPoint and also see this blog: https://legalacstrikeagain.blogspot.com Photos and other media: From Psychology (on Facebook)  

Bulletin from the Canterbury picket (4*PEF)

Bulletin from the picket: we had a great day yesterday, we were a bit cold but were warmed up by the sun and a flash mob Zumba in front of the registry at 11am!! It was a day dedicated to PS staff and we heard sad testimonies of people doing the work of 7 in …

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There is power in a Union – To Kent Professional Service colleagues

The current UCU strike affects many colleagues working in Higher Education (HE). Often labelled by the media as a ‘lecturers’ strike’ it reinforces the perception that this round of industrial action is only about hardships faced by teaching staff and by inference, that Professional Services (PS) staff (often referred to as ‘support’ staff) are less …

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Legal Academics Strike Again new blog

Dear All One our members from the Law School, Prof Emily Grabham, and  former KLS colleague now at Birmingham, Dr Mairead Enright, have developed a blog designed to explore/debunk legal issues arising out of the strike and ASOS. It’s not supposed to compete with UCU guidance but more to put issues into wider context Do feel …

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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 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