Branch meeting (online) to discuss marking & assessment boycott

At this meeting on Friday 13th May 1pm (on Zoom) we will be discussing the marking & assessment boycott to be launched on 23rd May. Please check inboxes for the link

Branch delegates will feedback from the UCU branch delegates briefing on the 10th May and we will discuss local plans for the boycott and further strike action.

Members in each department should nominate 1 or 2 people to act as a departmental contact for the boycott, to begin coordinating conversations with their colleagues and feed questions back to the committee so that the branch’s deliberations are member-led.

Branch meeting (online) to discuss ballot results & what comes next

At this meeting on Tuesday 19th April at 11am (on Teams) we will be discussing KU UCU’s recent vote for industrial action, as well as the picture nationwide. Branch delegates will feedback KU UCU’s feedback on what should come next, at the UCU branch delegates meeting on the 20th April.
It is very important that you come along if you can, as we can only represent the views of members who voice their opinions. If you have any views and are unable to make the meeting, please do email kingstonucu@gmail.com

Open-air branch meeting – on the picket line & online

Join our first Open Air Branch Meeting on Wednesday 2nd March at 1pm Penrhyn Road main entrance picket and on Zoom (see linktr.ee/kingstonucu for link)

We will be following the example of other universities during strike action and holding our branch meeting outdoors!

The meeting will be held to discuss each of the Four Fights, specifically to gather your experiences, suggestions, and action points from our members to pursue the Four Fights here at Kingston.

The Four Fights are:

  1. Equality and ending the gender, ethnicity and disability pay gaps in the university sector
  2. Workload crisis that is damaging colleagues’ mental and physical wellbeing
  3. Casual and fixed-term contracts leading to insecure jobs
  4. Pay which has decreased by 20% in real terms over the last 10 years

The fifth agenda item is:

  1. Oppressive management tactics at other universities – update on some of the punitive and anti-union measures taken at other universities and how we can act collectively to support colleagues across the UK.

All branch members are welcome! Remember you have the right to attend union meetings regardless of industrial action!

Branch Meeting (online) to prepare for strike action

Kingston UCU branch meeting to plan for and provide information about the upcoming industrial action: 5 days of strike (21-22nd February and 28th February – 2nd March) and ongoing action short of strike (ASOS) as part of our Four Fights dispute over pay deflation, pay inequality, unsafe workloads and casualisation.

This meeting will take place on Zoom – members have been emailed an invite. If you haven’t received one, please Contact Us.

When joining, please make sure your full name is visible so that people can identify that everyone present is a current union member and have an awareness of who is taking part.

Branch Meeting (Online) to discuss industrial action ballot results

Kingston UCU branch meeting to discuss the results of the Four Fights ballot on industrial action over pay deflation, pay inequality, unsafe workloads and casualisation.

This meeting will take place on Zoom – members have been emailed an invite. If you haven’t received one, please Contact Us.

With a turnout of 60%, and 70% voting in favour of strike action and 92% in favour of action short of a strike, we have passed the minimum legal threshold and have a mandate for action. We need to discuss what form nationally coordinated action should take, and whether there should be a new aggregated ballot of all branches in the spring – our feedback will be taken to a delegates meeting before the Higher Education Committee meets on Friday 12th November.