To members of Stop the Cuts at the University of Cumbria
Jon Bryan 26 March at 23:44 Reply
The following link has the report and a video clip from yesterday's rally and march
Full story at the link:
***Rallies 30 March: 1pm KCL, 6pm
Tuesday 30 March will see the first ever local strike against our
UCU members at King's College London. We have voted overwhelmingly to
industrial action against a £27m cuts programme that has put 205 jobs at risk
of redundancy, with more to follow.
Whole departments are set to close - Engineering, Dental Mictobiology,
Studies, Equality and Diversity - with other areas also under threat -
Palaeography, Logic, Linguistics, the Institute of Psychiatry,
All this in a College where 202 staff earn over £100k a year, with a
salary bill of £29m, and where a £100k salary cap would save £9m a year. Management have by-passed the proper channels of consultation to impose
redundancies. Most staff learned that the country's oldest Engineering
department was to close via the College's website, before any formal
consultation had taken place.
All this helps explain why King's staff returned the highest proportion
in our union's history (85%) for some form of industrial action. But
is not about King's alone. If our management's redundancies are not
will give confidence to every management team in higher, further and
education, who believe that the top-down management model in place at
can impose cuts on everyone, everywhere. More seriously, it will
future government that education is a soft target as they try to recoup
billions spent on the banking sector.
Speaking at King's four days before the strike Tony Benn told students
staff that, 'What you're doing is educating College management in the
importance of education.' At a time when Peter Mandelson is attempting
prevent young people from going to university, and the Chancellor of the
Exchequer is contemplating cuts that will be 'worse than Thatcher', we
need to educate the present government, and its successor, about the
of education. So our fight is also your fight.
We are calling on everyone to join us on our picket lines (7pm to 5pm)
Tuesday 30 March. We want our strike to be a lively celebration of
to cuts and a demonstration of our resolve to protect our colleagues'
our students' education.
Join our rallies on Tuesday, open to everyone:
Tues 30 March 1pmKCL
Waterloo site entrances
Tues 30 March 6pm London
Economics, U8, Tower One, Ground Floor http://www2.lse.ac.uk/mapsAndDirections/findingYourWayAroundLSE.aspx
Please send donations and messages of support to: firstname.lastname@example.org
For more information on our dispute see http://www.kcl.ac.uk/ucu