Kingston UCU branch

UCU is the recognised trade union for academic and academic-related staff at Kingston University, including those on temporary and hourly-paid contracts and PhD students.

As a branch we fight to protect and improve the terms and conditions of Kingston staff, and negotiate directly with management on policies and procedures that affect our members. We coordinate with colleagues in UNISON, Royal College of Midwives (RCM) and Royal College of Nursing (RCN) to stand up for the interests of everyone at Kingston.

We also provide support, advice and representation for members experiencing workplace issues like bullying and harassment, or going through sickness absence, disciplinary or grievance procedures.

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Nationally, the UCU represents over 120,000 academics, lecturers, trainers, instructors, researchers, managers, administrators, computer staff, librarians and postgraduates in universities, colleges, prisons, adult education and training organisations across the UK. It is the largest post-school union in the world. UCU negotiates nationally on salaries, pensions & employment conditions, and campaigns on issues like workload, casualisation and climate change.

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Latest Communications from KU UCU to Senior Leadership

This was sent today (21st September) from the Kingston UCU branch committee to the Senior Leadership Team, through the official channel of the Joint Negotiating and Consultative Committee (JNCC):

Dear JNCC colleagues,

KU UCU fervently request that Senior management adopt an immediate change of policy on face to face teaching in TB1.

Prompted by the rapidly changing Covid 19 national situation and particularly the dramatic increases in cases in our city, we request that all teaching be moved online except where face to face teaching is essential on pedagogic grounds.

The university has stated a commitment to review policies if the national situation changes. That time is now!

Further, KU UCU are not satisfied that campuses provide a safe working environment for our staff and students. Despite repeated requests we still have not had satisfactory clarity in relation to many H&S issues, particularly reporting of positive cases, and subsequent testing and tracing. We cannot recommend that our members return to a less than safe working environment. It also looks likely that the London Mayor will call for working from home and essential only use of public transport in the next few days. We believe that asking staff and students to travel and work/ learn on campus at this time puts them at unnecessary risk, particularly when online delivery is a viable and safer alternative.

We are also concerned about reports of strong arm and coercive tactics aimed at pressuring colleagues into returning to campus. We are logging these and will raise with management.

KU UCU branch committee

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