"Disgraceful exploitation of thousands of temporary staff in the UK"

Posted by Scottish Supply Teachers on May 7, 2014 at 12:25 PM

"The UK’s excellent academic reputation has, unfortunately, been built upon the disgraceful exploitation of thousands of temporary staff, with universities and colleges using the fierce competition for permanent jobs to create a no-rights culture for teachers and researchers.

Employers often hide behind the defence of flexibility in justifying the use of casual contracts, but that flexibility is very much a one-way street. It might be good for employers but it leaves employees unable to make financial plans on a year-to-year, or even month-to-month and week-to-week basis.

Students also suffer under a culture of casualisation as they miss out on continuity and often receive reduced access to staff employed on minimal hours."

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