Feminist Fightback is supporting the Fighting Against Casualisation in Education (FACE) Conference on 21st November 2015 to share ideas for organising and supporting each other, and help develop a national strategy to effectively challenge casualisation in Higher Education.
Casualisation in education is a scandal. In HE, 33% of the labour force is on one sort of non-permanent contract or another. Only 51% are on permanent contracts that include both teaching and research. This state of affairs damages the education of students and puts staff into a situation of poverty and insecurity without basic employment rights. It also harms the opportunities of casualised staff to progress in their careers in line with their counterparts on the national contract. Many do—and are expected to—perform a myriad of tasks outside of our contractual obligations, and many are afraid to complain. It is exploitative and we refuse to put up with it.