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The Kent Critical Law Society has decided, subject to approval from members, to support our lecturers and University staff in their industrial action against their employers concerning pay and working conditions. I would like to remind you of the context to this action, emailed to all law students by the Head of School on 28 October: "You can see why the unions have chosen this course of action here: http://www.unitetheunion.org/uploaded/documents/Job%206121%20Flyer%20HE11-14137.pdf I understand the Kent Student Union is in support of this strike. You can see the employers' position here: http://www.ucea.ac.uk/en/news/index.cfm/strike22Oct The union to which many academic and academic-related staff like me belong, the UCU, is holding further action as of 1st November, called 'work to contract'. This will not impact on teaching or assessment but means that union members are unlikely to do 'extra' or 'voluntary' work beyond their already agreed teaching, assessment duties, and their school/university administration. Not all your lecturers belong to the union and so some will not be taking any action. The decision to engage in strikes or 'work to contract' is never taken lightly, and I can assure you I speak on behalf of all my union member colleagues when I say that this national action is directed at the university employers and not the students." We do not believe the employer's offer in this situation is a fair one - 1% increase constitutive of a real terms cut of13% since 2008 - and we therefore believe KCLS should voice its support for our lecturers and staff who make the University, and particularly KLS, an exciting and vibrant place to study. I am therefore attaching a link to which you can add your name and voice your support. Pending a majority, the Society will stand in support of the University staff and urge the University, as the employer, to resolve the situation as soon as possible to ensure our School community can resume its active extra-curricular life. As students we want and indeed deserve a speedy resolution to this matter to avoid any detrimental impact on our studies but we should also be prepared to stand up for what is just and fair in solidarity with the people who dedicate so much to us, KLS and Kent more broadly.

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