Health Schools Restructure
Strike Action Thursday 10th July 2014
Work to contract & Boycott PDR from 11th July
Advice for members taking part in the action
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This Guardian article, 'King's College London to cut jobs to fund university buildings', details the absurdity of senior management's strategic vision of sacking academic staff to fund investment in buildings. The comments section underlines the damage this strategy is inflicting on the morale of staff and students, and on the reputation of the College:
There are now over 4000 signatories to the KCLSU petition to defend the health schools. You can add your name here:
We have outlined the scale of the cuts
being prepared by senior management over the next few years. We believe that the redundancy programmes currently underway in the health schools and DEPS are just the beginning of a process that poses a major threat to the academic integrity of the College.
It is becoming increasingly clear that the brutal treatment being meted out to colleagues in the health schools is not a means of 'avoiding uncertainty', as senior management argue. Instead, as one KCL UCU rep puts it, it is being used as a form of intimidation: 'short notice dismissal of staff by managerial fiat is envisaged as the "new normal" and as a salutary performance incentive rather than as a reluctant last resort'.
Colleagues who are not yet members can join online.
KCL redundancy crisis
120 redundancies announced in Medicine, Biomedical Sciences and the Institute of Psychiatry
7 redundancies announced in Department of Education and Professional Studies (DEPS)
KCL UCU has been informed of plans to make up to 120 staff redundant in the health schools. Colleagues will be targeted for redundancy based on performance criteria such as research grant income and teaching contribution. We view this ill-considered intervention by senior management as both brutal and unnecessary. With 7 redundancies already announced in DEPS and a jobs freeze imposed in other areas of the College, this represents senior management's most serious assault on staff and students since its notorious 'Academic and Financial Sustainability Plan' of 2009/10.
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