Univer­sity to see strikes on 14 days

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Points Of View -

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.”

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