We asked teaching staff at King’s why they are on the picket line this semester
‘Because students shouldn’t pay more and more while their teachers make less and less’
Throughout the lead up to the UCU strike over the next month, we haven't heard directly from King's teaching staff about their opinions on industrial actions or their specified reasons for approaching the picket line, because of the previous apprehension around speaking out.
On the first day of the KCL strikes, it has become clear that teaching staff are out in huge numbers to oppose prospect changes to their pensions.
We asked your professors and GTAs why they are out on the picket line and how we – as students – can support them over the coming weeks outside of lecture halls.
Seb Franklin, Department of English
Mayssoun Sukarieh, Department of Middle Eastern Studies
Tom Langley, Department of Comparative Literature
Sonia Massai, Department of English
Hannah Murray, Department of English
Fran Allfrey, Vicky Walker, James Morland, Fran Brooks, Department of English
Nick Andon, Department of Education, Communication and Society
Jane Elliott, Department of English
Paul Gilroy, Department of English
Kélina Gottman, Department of English
James Dawson, Department of War Studies
Melissa Nisbett, Department of Culture, Media and Creative Industries
So far talks have not been scheduled between the UCU and the UUK. Here are the rest of the days King's staff will be on strike until March 20th.