Industrial action

In November the University and College Union (UCU) announced the results of its ballots across the country on national concerns over pensions and pay and working conditions. At Kent, our local UCU branch secured a mandate for industrial action on both proposed changes to the USS pensions scheme and Pay and Conditions. This took the form of the three days of strikes that took place from Wednesday 1 to Friday 3 December, along with Action Short of a Strike (ASOS), which will see members working to contract from 1 December to no later than 3 May 2022. UCU has now notified us that from 21 December, the ASOS will also include not rescheduling any missed classes. This includes classes already missed and not rescheduled for this term.

While negotiations take place nationally, we recognise the strength of feeling on these issues on the ground at Kent. We know that industrial action in the past has been unsettling for staff and students, no matter where they stand on the issues raised. We will continue to offer open and constructive dialogue with our local UCU representatives throughout, and we are determined to do all we can to minimise the impact of industrial action at Kent.  

These pages provide information about the national negotiations over pay and working conditions between UCU and UCEA, along with what we are doing at Kent to address any local concerns together. They include detailed information from HR to help support staff through the period of industrial action. 

For information about the status of negotiations over the proposed USS pension changes, visit our USS Pensions webpages.

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