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Stamp out casual contracts
UCU believes that high quality education and fair working conditions depend on contracts that give staff stability and continuity of employment. Casualisation is bad for staff and bad for education, yet it's endemic in our colleges and universities.
46% of universities and 60% of colleges use zero hours contracts to deliver teaching.
68% of research staff in higher education are on fixed term contracts, with many more dependent on short-term funding for continued employment.
Stamp Out Casualisation is UCU's campaign to win continuity of employment and fairer contracts for casualised staff.
A UCU report shows that more 42% of staff on casual contracts, such as controversial zero-hours contracts, in universities and colleges have struggled to pay household bills, and over a third (35%) reported that they struggled to meet rent or mortgage demands. An alarming one in five (21%) said that they struggled to put food on the table.
Read more in our press release and download the full report below:
The campaign against casualisation is one of UCU's national priorities:
Anti-casualisation committee blog
Follow this blog hosted by UCU and its anti-casualisation committee to read testimony from casualised members and reports on how our union is winning improvements for precarious staff: ucuanticas.wordpress.com
UCU makes a difference
These case studies and reports show some of the ways in which UCU is winning greater continuity of employment and better pay for casualised staff:
Important law change - Following the implementation of the Small Business, Enterprise and Employment Act 2015, a zero-hours contract is now legally defined for the first time. Go to UCU law extra for further details of what this means for you.
UCU is prioritising its campaigning to eradicate zero hours contracts in post-secondary education. Read updates on how we are waging this fight nationally and locally here:
UCU's legal fight over contracts
September 2013: UCU takes its fight for job security to the European Commission on the basis that a change to employment law contravenes the requirement not to discriminate against fixed term workers:
UCU has an advisory committee representing staff on casualised contracts, elected at an annual meeting for casualised staff.
The committee's priorities are:
Further information about the campaign can be obtained from Jonathan White: firstname.lastname@example.org
If you are a member who has a query about any issue please contact your branch or local association in the first instance: contact details can be found here