Everything you need to know about the upcoming industrial action at King’s

Staff will be striking for three periods across the next month

The University and College Union (UCU) recently announced three sets of strike dates taking place in late February and early March 2022. King’s College London is one of 74 striking higher education institutions, and industrial action is confirmed to be taking place during the following dates: February 14th – 18th, February 21st – 22nd, and February 28th to March 2nd.

 The UCU is currently striking on the basis of four fronts (or the four fights), including unfair pay, job casualisation, unsustainable workloads, and inequality. King’s College London is currently already in a period of action short of strike (ASOS) due to end May 3rd. Strike action on the aforementioned dates will lead to the cancellation of some lectures, seminars and office hours, although this varies between faculty members and departments. During this time, the University will remain open, and students will continue to have access to shared facilities such as informal study spaces, libraries, and computer rooms.

A statement from King’s Interim Vice President Adam Fagan and Executive Director Darren Wallis added, “We do want to assure you that we are committed to minimising the impact on your teaching and learning…We know this will be a challenging period, but we are committed to continuing to provide you with quality education and supporting both our students and staff.”

Immediate ways for students to support strike action include writing to Professor Shitij Kapur, the President and Principal of King’s, at [email protected] stating that they support lecturers’ demands for fairer working, pay, and pension conditions and for a reversal of pension cuts for staff.

Another way for students to support the strike action is through emailing KCLSU to collectively ask for better treatment of lecturers and seminar leaders by the university. The KCLSU can be reached at [email protected].

More information about students to support the UCU and strikes can be found here, and further information from King’s can be found here.

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