King’s UCU cancels today’s pickets and teach outs due to the coronavirus situation
The strike and digital picket continue
On Thursday, King’s UCU took the decision to cancel picket lines and teach outs on Friday 13 March in light of the developing coronavirus situation.
The strike and digital picket continue.
Their decision comes as the World Health Organisation yesterday declared the disease a pandemic, and the UK’s Chief Scientific Adviser Sir Patrick Vallance today said the real number of infections in the UK is likely to be between 5,000 and 10,000 cases (compared to approximately 590 formally identified cases).
King’s UCU said the decision is “in line with many other branches”, adding they “don’t take this decision lightly but want to err on the side of caution and protect those most vulnerable to this illness.”
KCL UCU has made the decision, in line with many other branches, to cancel pickets & teach outs tomorrow. The strike and digital picket continue. We don't take this decision lightly but want to err on the side of caution and protect those most vulnerable to this illness.
— KCL UCU (@KCL_UCU) March 12, 2020
Older people and those with pre-existing health conditions are thought to be more likely to experience severe symptoms if they catch coronavirus.
Members of the King’s community may themselves be more vulnerable to the illness, or may have friends and family members who are in that position.
Before King’s UCU’s decision, there has been a strong presence at teach outs and on the picket lines.
Some inventive posters have been seen.
And of course the many adorable picket dogs.
📣Tomorrow join us for a Denmark Hill rally & dancing btw 12:15 & 13:30 featuring the wonderful Virginia and the Fourfights, speakers and dancing. With special guest appearance by @FelicityCallard. Also: picket dog! Main IoPPN building, De Crespigny Park SE5 8AF #UCUstrikes pic.twitter.com/qz5ASrxB4J
— KCL UCU (@KCL_UCU) March 4, 2020
On Monday, King’s UCU announced Ed Byrne, Principal of King’s, said yes to making an improved pensions offer, which would lower members’ contributions to the Universities Superannuation Scheme (USS).
King’s UCU thanked King’s students, saying the decision was “partly as a result of overwhelming pressure from students.”