Why is UCU doing this?

An increasing proportion of teaching and related work is being undertaken by these two groups yet their employment is often characterised by poor job security, unfair working practices, diminished professional status and much lower membership of UCU than other more established staff groups.

Although the cost of offering free membership is substantial, UCU wants to make a real investment in the future of our profession with the aim of building a trade union culture from across higher and further education.

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