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Honours and dishonour

Yesterdays honours list has me thinking, our present and hopefully short term PM has  given the top four honours to women and a knighthood to an old man who  has so much he could have rolled over and asked his wife for a knighthood but let’s get back to the four women. 453 more words

A Word From Signe

Zero-Hours and Fixed-Term Contracts in Higher Education

My UCU branch commissioned me to write an article on zero-hours contracts in higher education for the newsletter, it’s very much aimed at UCU members (and at getting more people unionised), but is still a useful summary and there isn’t a huge amount of information out there. 2,311 more words

Higher Education

Not enough 'decent jobs' - which age group is most affected?

So much for trying to post ‘good news’ stories in the run-up to Christmas.

This is the TUC’s Decent Jobs Week in which they draw attention to those who work in low paid, insecure jobs, including those (apparently over one million) who are on zero-hours contracts, those working via agencies or as casual workers who may not be able to access on important employment rights and benefits. 290 more words

In The News

Out of the Frying Pan and into the Toaster: the casual who coveted the fractional appointment

Anyone who has followed my blog would probably be aware that it has been a hell of a year. Among other things, I have gone from being a… 1,651 more words

Higher Education

Is this what is known as a zero hours contract?

TERMS AND CONDITIONS OF ENGAGEMENT for postgraduate Teaching Assistants at the University of Leeds


Allocation of work 

The University is under no obligation to provide you with work (or any additional work once it has done so). 233 more words


Youth unemployment a key challenge as boomers retire

A new report highlights one of Australia’s greatest economic challenges: convincing employers to take on young people to replace retiring baby boomers.

The latest AMP NATSEM (National Centre for Social and Economic Modelling) report focuses on the labour market and the demographic challenges it faces. 262 more words

Australian Economy

Review: Casualisation at work

Ian Allinson reviews the recent Labour Research Department guide for trade union reps.

The rs21 magazine and web site have carried a number of articles exploring the efforts of casual workers to organise, including sparks, fast food workers, cinema workers, fractional workers in higher education and private sector care staff. 249 more words