Casualised and fixed-term contract staff

UPDATE

This branch notes:

  • That the failure of the University to inform colleagues who teach on FTCs/other casualised contracts of their prospects for renewal in the year 2020-21 has caused significant and ongoing stress and uncertainty to those in some of the most precarious financial positions. Along with the increased burden of implementing the FER, the reallocation of this work onto other staff across the university has exacerbated workloads which were already unsustainable in many areas.
  • This branch resolves:
    • To call on UoB management to clarify the situation on recruitment of GTAs and other FTC teaching ASAP.
    • To emphasise the right of members to refuse additional teaching which is forced upon them after the beginning of term (21st Sept) as a result of the failure to renew/recruit GTA staff.

Resolution adopted 16 September 2020.

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Aim: We seek reassurance from the University management that staff on fixed-term contracts will see their contracts renewed, where they would have expected that to be the case prior to the Covid-19 lockdown.

University management response: This has been rejected. The University claims that no decisions on this matter can be done until October, once student numbers for the year are more clear.

BUCU verdict: It is unfair to single out the most vulnerable members of staff at the University to shoulder the initial burden of risk regarding the impact of student numbers.


AimThere are currently a wide range of vacant PGTA positions across the University that are currently affected by the recruitment freeze. The University management should, at the least, commit to making the 400 hours of paid work through the Academic Skills Centre available (as provided in previous years), as soon as possible. Likewise, other similar PGTA work that has taken place before Covid should continues in 2020/2021.

University management response: This has been rejected. No decisions on this matter can be done until October, once student numbers for the year are more clear, although there was a commitment to look into the ASC issue.

BUCU verdict: It is unfair to single out the most vulnerable members of staff at the University to shoulder the initial burden of risk regarding the impact of student numbers.