University to see strikes on 14 days
The University of Kent will be hit with 14 days of strike action, the University and College Union (UCU) has announced.
The university, which has campuses in Canterbury and Medway, is one of 61 institutions across the UK that will see staff walk out on Thursday, February 22. The union has confirmed an escalating programme of strikes over a four week period that will start with a five-day walkout either side of that weekend.
There will then be with four days of strikes from Monday, March 5 to 8, and a full five-day walkout the following week.
Last week talks between UCU and the employers’ representative Universities UK (UUK) ended without agreement.
The dispute centres on UUK’s proposals to alter lecturers’ pensions scheme. The UCU says the changes would leave a typical lecturer almost £10,000 a year worse off in retirement than under the current set-up.
UCU general secretary Sally Hunt said: “Staff who have delivered the international excellence universities boast of are understandably angry at efforts to slash their pensions.
“Strike action on this scale has not been seen before on UK campuses, but universities need to know the full scale of the disruption they will be hit with if they refuse to sort this mess out.”