Press coverage of Kingston UCU strike 2021-2

Regular strike updates are being posted on twitter and instagram – thanks to everyone for their support!

The River scooped the story of the UCU strike at Kingston with an article by Diego Evrard-Broquet. We’ve had some great conversations at the picket lines with other River writers, showing the strength and quality of teaching in the Department of Journalism, Publishing and Media despite job cuts this summer that have seen staff workloads increase.

Fantastic support from students was evident in a report by James Mayer for MyLondon: ‘London university students support lecturer strikes but say tuition fees are wasted’

International student Radhita Jain said:

“The strikes haven’t impacted us much, I think we just really want to support it. We spoke to our tutors and they said they aren’t being paid enough which is quite unfair granted that me being an international student is paying £16,400 for one year.”

Great student support was also evident in coverage by Danai Nesta Kupemba for the Kingston Courier: Video: Kingston University lecturers strike for better pay and working conditions

Philosophy student Will said:

“The strike attempts to call out systems that make it impossible to continue learning at this university and to do this we need to support our lecturers.”

The Kingston Courier also covered the second round of strike days in February – March 2022 in an article by Kieran Kelly: Kingston University UCU members engage in more strikes

Our Postgrad Rep, Nicola Field is quoted:

“We can see the terrible pressures that staff are under and the unbearable working conditions. They have unmanageable workloads and there are terrible discriminatory pay gaps against BAME, women and disabled staff. A huge number of university staff across the whole country are on insecure contracts, precarity is having an absolute crashing, destructive effect on the sector.”

The Courier‘s Ciaran Nerval covered our third round of strike action in March – April: Lecturers take strike action at Kingston University over pay rates and workload  

See the video with KU UCU members spelling out what our dispute it about:

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