UCU Strike: Action at King's College London - Mass Emailing @ King's College London, London [from 22 February to 16 March]

UCU Strike: Action at King's College London - Mass Emailing

- 16
16:00 - 18:30

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King's College London
57 Waterloo Rd Building 57, SE1 8 London, United Kingdom
King's College London, together with 59 other universities will be entering in strike starting from the 22nd of February due to pension cuts towards university staff.

This event has been created to raise awareness towards the strike on behalf of students. We will be encouraging our members and the student community to send mass emails towards Ed Byrne (Principal of KCL) in complaint towards their passive stance and responses towards the forthcoming weeks of strike.

Stay updated on this event for coming updates, including a statement of solidarity, email templates and other news in regards to the strike including how we can get involved on the picket lines!


From UCU Website:

Strikes will begin on Thursday 22 February

UCU has written to the 61 universities* to inform them of an escalating wave of strikes over a four-week period that will begin with a five-day walkout either side of a weekend. There will then be four days of strikes from Monday 5 — Thursday 8 March and a full five-day walkout the following week (12 — 16 March). The strike dates are:

Week one — Thursday 22 and Friday 23 February (two days)

Week two — Monday 26, Tuesday 27 and Wednesday 28 February (three days)

Week three — Monday 5, Tuesday 6, Wednesday 7 and Thursday 8 March (four days)

Week four — Monday 12, Tuesday 13, Wednesday 14, Thursday 15 and Friday 16 March (five days)

Due to their academic calendar four universities — King's, Queen Mary, Edinburgh and Stirling — will not take action in week one. They will start their action in week two on Monday 26 February. They will then walk out for two days on Monday 19 and Tuesday 20 March.

Last week talks between UCU and the employers' representative Universities UK (UUK) ended without agreement and UUK's plans to transform the scheme were forced through by the chair's casting vote.

The dispute centres on UUK's proposals to end the defined benefit element of the Universities Superannuation Scheme (USS) pension scheme. UCU says this would leave a typical lecturer almost £10,000 a year worse off in retirement than under the current set-up.

In the recent strike ballot UCU members overwhelmingly backed industrial action. Overall, 88% of members who voted backed strike action and 93% backed action short of a strike. The turnout was 58%. A full breakdown of the results by institution is available here.

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