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King's College London staff win big increase to London weighting

20 September 2023

Staff at King's College London have agreed to end their marking boycott after winning an increase to London weighting, longer paid parental leave, and childcare subsidies.

An overwhelming 96% of King's College UCU members attending a meeting last week voted to end the boycott and accept the deal, which includes:

  • A rise to £5k in London Weighting from December 2023, up from £3.5k in 2021.
  • A rise from 18 up to 20 weeks paid maternity leave, and from two up to six weeks paid paternity leave. 
  • 20% child care cost subsidies for under three year olds.
  • A new recognition agreement covering the processes of negotiation, consultation, information and dispute resolution 
  • Joint union-management working groups to address pay gaps, excessive workloads, and career progression including casualisation.

UCU members had been boycotting all marking and assessments in a long-running local dispute. Unite and Unison are currently consulting their members on whether to accept management's offer.

UCU regional official Barry Jones said: 'This deal makes a big difference for our members, especially those on the lowest incomes and those with caring responsibilities. I want to thank King's College London for making us an offer that has settled this local dispute. We look forward to continuing to work with management to create a new recognition agreement and deal with high workloads, casualisation, pay gaps and career progression. Other universities now need to follow King's lead.' 

Last updated: 21 September 2023