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UCU anti-casualisation campaign

Dear colleague

Late last year UCU launched a survey of our members on casualised contracts in which we asked about the impact of precarious contracts on the struggle to make ends meet. Too often our colleges and universities are happy to use the line that institutions and staff alike ‘value the flexibility’ of casualised contracts. Our casualised members tell us that they struggle to pay bills, to get mortgages and to access social security benefits and tax credits. Please help UCU to expose the reality of life on casualised contracts. Thanks to those of you who have already completed our survey. If you are on a fixed-term, hourly paid, variable hours or zero hours contract, or if you are an agency worker and you have not yet completed this survey, please make sure you fill it in now and pass it on to other casualised staff you know, whether they are UCU members or not: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/casualisedmakingendsmeet

Read more about UCU’s campaign against casualisation http://www.ucu.org.uk/stampout.

See here for details of UCU’s forthcoming annual meeting for staff on casualised contracts: http://www.ucu.org.uk/cascontractsmeeting

Many thanks

Matt Waddup
UCU head of policy & campaigns

UCU Teaching in Higher Education Survey – please respond

The UCU’s Education Committee is looking at the status of teaching and of those staff who deliverit within higher education with a view to making a report to our Congress in 2014.

Your views as academic practitioners are crucial to this project and to the union’s ongoing work. Please help us by filling in the short survey here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/ucuteachinginhe

The survey should only take a few minutes.

Yours faithfully,

Sally Hunt

UCU General Secretary