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UCU general secretary targets casualisation in parliamentary committee hearing

1 December 2015 | last updated: 29 February 2016

In an appearance at the business and skills committee in December 2015, Sally Hunt slammed the university sector for its exploitation of casual contracts and warned that delivering high quality teaching would not be possible until hard-working staff were employed on decent secure contracts.

You can read the transcript from the session Sally spoke in here. The Guardian also carried revealing testimony from a young academic talking about their struggle get by on a casual contract. UCU's own report on the everyday fight to make ends meet was published in May 2015.

The 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 here:
Making ends meet - the human cost of casualisation in post-secondary education, May 15 [940kb]