Industrial action - information for staff

In September 2019, the University and College Union (UCU) and other higher education trade unions began balloting their members to ask them if they would be prepared to take industrial action on pay and working conditions. At Kent, this ballot resulted in a positive vote for industrial action, with some members of UCU participating in eight days of strike action from 25 November to 4 December 2019, and a further 14 days of strike action between 24 February and 17 March.

As well as the strike action, some staff are at Kent are taking part in action short of strike (ASOS), which could continue into April.

Kent is one of 69 institutions where UCU secured a mandate for industrial action relating to pay and conditions. A separate UCU ballot on changes to the USS pension scheme didn’t reach the threshold for industrial action at Kent, but staff at 52 institutions took part in industrial action in relation to the pensions dispute.

These web pages provide information, answers to questions and access to resources designed to support staff. Updates are added as the situation develops.

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