UCU members across the UK today stage protests over lack of permanent or full-time contracts

Tim Lezard

Teachers and lecturers in colleges and universities across the UK are today taking part in a national day of protest over casualisation.UCU anti casualisation

The UCU, which is calling for all staff to be on permanent fractional or full-time standard contracts, says post-16 education now has the second most casualised workforce in the country, behind only the hospitality industry.

Recent data from the Higher Education Statistics Agency (Hesa), has shown that more than a third of the academic workforce is now on temporary, fixed-term contracts. The number of teaching-only staff on temporary contracts went up by a third between 2009-10 and 2011-12.

UCU general secretary Sally Hunt said: “We have seen an increase in people who are on successive fixed-term contracts for years on end. Now colleges and universities are trying to use the economic climate as justification but it doesn’t wash as this has been going on for a long time.

“These workers are poorly paid and enjoy few if any benefits. They report feeling undervalued, marginalised and very uncertain about their futures. Their employment status spills over into other areas of their lives such as their ability to get a mortgage which is unacceptable. UCU will continue to campaign until we see permanent fractional or full-time standard contracts being used instead.”

A list of events can be found here.


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