Industrial action - information for staff

In early February, the University and College Union (UCU) announced further strike dates across February and March 2020. The strike commenced on 24 February 2020 and will take the form of 14 days of action spread across 4 weeks, ending 17 March 2020. The action relates to the continued dispute regarding the national pay award, and at some institutions, changes to the USS pension. This follows the previous period of strike action which began on 25 November 2019 and lasted eight continual days, ending on 4 December 2019. Action short of a strike (ASOS) began on the same day and has continued into this academic term.

Industrial action has come 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 68 institutions where UCU have secured a mandate for industrial action relating to pay and conditions. The pensions ballot has now secured a mandate for industrial action in 52 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. 

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