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UCU recruitment week November 2015

This week is the first national UCU recruitment week and we will be running several events locally. On Tuesday 17th we will be recruiting outside the Gulbenkian Café on Canterbury campus from 11.30am until 2.30pm (or the weather intervenes). On Wednesday 18th we have one of our regular drop-in sessions for individual assistance (which is …

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More on the USS consultation

University staff who are members of the Universities Superannuation Scheme or are entitled to join can respond to the consultation on the threatened changes (through the consultation website). Members of the UCU at the University of Kent will already have received messages encouraging you to do so. The post on this blog on April 7 …

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USS – responding to the consultation

The employers are currently consulting on the proposed changes to the Universities Superannuation Scheme (USS). Your branch officers (Paul Hubert, President, and Owen Lyne, Secretary) attended a collective consultation meeting about them on 2 April with university management. We strongly encourage all members to feed any questions and concerns through us, so we can convey …

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USS dispute & Branch meeting 22nd January

Dear University of Kent UCU members, This is the latest news that the branch has about the USS action: http://defenduss.web.ucu.org.uk/2015/branches-prepare-for-action-to-restart/ It is a very short article, so I quote it in full here: “Branches prepare for action to restart 8 January 2015 UCU branches have been asked to prepare members to recommence the assessment boycott …

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“Kent Union should pay all staff a living wage”

The branch is concerned about the pay and conditions of staff employed on what are effectively ‘zero hours contracts’ and other marginal contracts. This affects some people who may teach or work alongside us. Even more it impacts on low-paid staff in catering, cleaning and other roles, many of whom are also students. A number …

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Still the Enemy Within – film showing Sat 10 January

This Saturday 10 January the Gulbenkian is screening this documentary about the 1984-85  Miners Strike in association with our colleagues in UNISON University of Kent branch. More information about the show at: http://www.thegulbenkian.co.uk/events/cinema/2015/January/2015-01-still-the-enemy-within.html The film’s director, Owen Gower, will be answering questions after the screening, which commences at 14:30. More info about the film at …

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Vice-Chancellor receives UCU petition

Branch officers and members assembled at the Registry with a copy of the UCU national petition about the USS today. 3 members of the committee then went inside to meet our Vice-Chancellor Dame Julia Goodfellow, who is also President-elect of Universities UK. She was kind enough to listen while we reiterated the importance we attach …

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USS dispute – update

Our boycott of assessment and marking has been suspended to allow talks to occur – this was a position which our branch meeting supported. However this suspension is temporary until Jan 15th, and permanently lifting the threat of action depends on the employers and USS permanently lifting the threat of serious cuts to our pensions. …

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Up to 27% off! – the USS pensions dispute

Members of the UCU at Kent have been taking action over threatened cuts to our pensions. You can read more about the issue on the Defend USS website. The site includes a briefing for students – we have hard copies if any members of the branch would like to use them. It is very important …

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Welcome to the University of Kent UCU blog

This space will carry news from and about the University of Kent branch of the UCU (University and College Union). It will also offer opportunities for discussion away from the constraints of email lists. We welcome suggestions from members about what would be useful on this blog.