Ballot for action at King’s College

Strikes and protests are on the cards, writes Jim Wolfreys, president of KCL UCU

Staff at King’s College London are balloting for industrial action this week as anger grows over plans to make up to 10% of staff redundant. 205 posts are currently at risk with more to follow.

Under the plans, entire departments will close (Engineering, American Studies, Microbiology, Equality and Diversity) and it is estimated that up to a million hours of teaching, administration and research could be lost every year.

The ballot will run from 4 March to 22 March. Staff and students have planned a protest outside Somerset House on 12 March following the College’s announcement that it intends to take over the East Wing of the building at a cost of tens of millions of pounds.

There will also be a London-wide demonstration from King’s to Downing Street, assembling on the Strand site at noon on 20 March. Send messages of support and donations to the KCL UCU fighting fund to ucu@kcl.ac.uk.

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