Industrial action - information for staff

In November 2019, the University and College Union (UCU) announced its intention to launch industrial action in the form of a strike and action short of a strike (ASOS) as a part of its dispute relating to the national pay award. At the University of Kent, the strike action began on 25 November and lasted eight days, ending on 4 December. The ASOS began on the same day and could continue until April.

The action came off the back of a UCU ballot asking members to indicate whether they would be prepared to strike or take action short of strike (ASOS) on issues around pay, working conditions and pensions. 

Kent is one of 57 institutions where UCU secured a mandate for industrial action relating to the pay and conditions. The pensions ballot secured a mandate for industrial action in 46 institutions, but did not have the turnout required for industrial action at Kent. 

These web pages provide information, answers to questions and access to resources designed to support staff. 

Updates will be added as the situation develops. 

If you have any feedback on this website, please email ia-comms@kent.ac.uk.

Queries relating to HR guidance and policy should be made directly via the details on the HR policy & FAQ page.

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