King's College London management - negotiate or compensate

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We, the undersigned, are students from King's College London standing in solidarity with the striking academics on our campuses. We believe that academics are justified in striking over the £200,000 in lifetime pension cuts they will be facing on average as a result of unnecessary “reforms”  by Universities UK. These strikes are collectively the fault of all Vice-Chancellors and Principals who have opted for a “fight to the death” over pension cuts.

We refuse to be victims of this unjustified and unnecessary action by university management, and we are holding you to account. To us, it is clear that it is in the interest of universities, as well as staff and students, to avert a strike. We also believe that no student should face financial pressure to cross a picket line, or to pay for an education that we do not receive or cannot receive in good conscience. UCU Secretary-General Sally Hunt has stated that she is willing to reopen negotiations or talk through conciliation service Acas, but the employers of Universities UK are not. It is clear that if Universities UK reopens negotiations with the UCU and retains a decent defined benefit scheme, this strike and the disruption that results from it can be averted. As students standing in solidarity with striking academics, we urge our principal Professor Edward Byrne AC to do two things:

1.Publicly call for UUK to reopen negotiations on the strike, with the aim of retaining a decent defined benefit scheme and preventing the strikes from becoming necessary.

2.If the strikes do go ahead, issue a full tuition refund to all students for each day that academics are on strike.

Your sincerely,

The undersigned

 



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