Strike at King’s College
UCU members took strike action today at King’s College London. Members there voted overwhelmingly to take industrial action against a £27m cuts programme that has put 205 jobs at risk of redundancy. Whole departments are set to close – Engineering, Dental Mictobiology, American Studies, Equality and Diversity – with other areas also under threat – Palaeography, Logic, Linguistics, the Institute of Psychiatry, Biomedical and Health Sciences.
UCU officials at King’s claim that management have by-passed the proper channels of consultation to impose the projected redundancies.
King’s staff returned the highest proportion of votes in the UCU’s history (85% in favour of industrial action) beating both Leeds and Sussex whose records were quickly beaten in a matter of weeks.
Speaking at King’s four days before the strike Tony Benn told students and staff that, ‘What you’re doing is educating College management in the importance of education.’ At a time when Peter Mandelson is attempting to prevent young people from going to university, and the Chancellor of the Exchequer is contemplating cuts that will be ‘worse than Thatcher’, we also need to educate the present government, and its successor, about the importance of education. So our fight is also your fight.
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