On Zero-Hours Contracts

Posted in Governance and administration on October 20th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“In a week dominated by stupid things being said by British politicians, one of the stupidest of all was the claim by Labour MP Caroline Flint that the European Union is to blame for the rise of zero-hours contracts. Caroline Flint is a Brexit supporter, of course, so she will not be interested in facts …” (more)

[In the Dark, 20 October]

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Ireland is going to ban zero-hour contracts ‘in most circumstances’

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on May 3rd, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Zero hours contracts will banned ‘in most circumstances’ under new plans. The government today approved draft legislative proposals from Jobs Minister Mary Mitchell O’Connor and Small Business Minister Pat Breen …” (more)

[Fora, 2 May]

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USI said the number of staff on zero-hour contracts at third level is unacceptable

Posted in Governance and administration on May 17th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“The Union of Students in Ireland has said the number of lecturers on zero-hour contracts is unacceptable and is calling on both third level institutions and the government to address precarious work practices in higher education …” (more)

[Union of Students in Ireland, 17 May]

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Report shows use of zero-hour contracts by universities

Posted in Governance and administration on May 17th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“A Government-commissioned report has acknowledged the reliance of some colleges and universities on precarious and zero-hour contracts for employing lecturing staff. The report of an expert group on fixed-term part-time employment in lecturing at third level shows that up to two-thirds of lecturing staff in some higher education institutions are not full-time or permanent …” (more)

[The Cush Report is here]
[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 17 May]

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Cush report exposes extent of low pay and zero hour contracts in universities, says IFUT

Posted in Governance and administration on May 14th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“The Irish Federation of University Teachers (IFUT) has welcomed publication of the Expert group on Fixed term and Part time employment in lecturing in Third Level in Ireland (Cush Report), but highlighted that it does not address the issue of research and researchers, where a substantial portion of precarious employment is located …” (more)

[Irish Federation of University Teachers, 13 May]

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TUI conference told contracts of 30 minutes duration on offer

Posted in Governance and administration on March 31st, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Young teachers in some institutes of technology have received contracts offering them only half hour work per week, the TUI conference has been told …” (more)

[Martin Wall, Irish Times, 31 March]

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Zero-Hour Contracts are Unfit for Purpose and Unfairly Target Students

Posted in Life on March 26th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Zero-hour contracts probably started with good intentions to tackle the problem of students fitting work around their academic commitments. Students would look for work that they could do between lectures and with hours that could be changed according to their shifting timetables, allowing time for those second week seminars and flexibility close to exam time …” (more)

[Loic Delorme, University Times, 24 March]


Ged Nash considers labour maket reform proposals

Posted in Governance and administration on January 4th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“A ban on employers offering less than three continuous hours of work to employees seems likely at this stage to form part of new labour market reforms to be considered by the Government …” (more)

[Martin Wall, Irish Times, 4 January]

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Zero-hour contracts could be banned under proposed reforms

Posted in Governance and administration on November 2nd, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Employers would be banned from offering less than three continuous hours of work to employees under new labour market reforms to be considered by the Cabinet next week …” (more)

[Martin Wall, Irish Times, 2 November]

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Zero-hour numbers still unclear despite year-long study

Posted in Governance and administration on July 23rd, 2015 by steve

UK“Insufficient data make it impossible to quantify the number of higher education staff on zero-hours contracts, a report says. After more than a year of collaboration between universities and trade unions to shed light on the ‘casualisation’ of academic staff, a working group was unable to reach a consensus on how many staff were employed on casual or hourly paid contracts ..” (more)

[Jack Grove, Times Higher Education, 23 July]

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The reality of precarious academic work around the world

Posted in Governance and administration on June 4th, 2015 by steve

International“On February 25, 2015, many adjunct faculty members in the United States walked out of their classrooms to protest their working conditions. Just days later, contract faculty at York University were out on strike. Across North America, reporters and media outlets began to wake up to a sorry reality …” (more)

[Graeme Stewart, Academic Matters, 4 June]

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Discount University: we pay our staff peanuts and worry about the consequences later

Posted in Governance and administration, Teaching on May 11th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“On Thursday, April 30th, we held an awareness-raising protest at the University of Maynooth. It was to bring some light to the fact that most of the teaching and research carried out in our universities and colleges today is done by people with no job security at all …” (more)

[3lww, 10 May]

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Scottish universities under fire over zero hours contracts

Posted in Governance and administration on March 23rd, 2015 by steve

Scotland“Universities which use zero-hours contracts to employ staff have been urged to outlaw the controversial practice. Union leaders have written to institutions north of the Border calling on them to improve terms of conditions of employees …” (more)

[Andrew Denholm, Herald Scotland, 23 March]

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University of Limerick appointed to investigate zero-hour contracts

Posted in Research on February 9th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Employers’ use of zero-hour and low-hour contracts is to be investigated in a study by academics at the University of Limerick. The Government has appointed a team from UL’s Kemmy School of Business to examine the prevalence and impact of the contracts, which have been criticised for being unfair to workers …” (more)

[Laura Slattery, Irish Times, 9 February]

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Zero-Hours Academics

Posted in Governance and administration on November 19th, 2014 by steve

UK“More than half the academic staff at London Metropolitan University – around 840 people – are on zero-hours contracts. Their hours of employment vary from term to term or year to year. Most earn nothing during the university holidays. They do the same work as permanent staff but have no job security, minimal prospect of advancement and inferior benefits …” (more)

[Harry Stopes, LRB blog, 17 November]

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Scraping By in Academia

Posted in Governance and administration on November 14th, 2014 by steve

Ireland“On the 17th of September a small contingent from the Third Level Workplace Watch (TLWW) stepped on to Front Square to draw attention to the inadequate working conditions of junior faculty members in Universities all over Ireland. These working conditions include precarious and seasonal work, as well as temporary and zero hour contracts …” (more)

[Ciar McCormick, University Times, 13 November]

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Union fury as university seeks lecturer on zero-hours contract

Posted in Governance and administration on July 14th, 2014 by steve

“A university risks ‘damaging the reputation of higher education in Scotland’ by advertising for a new lecturer to join its staff on a zero-hours contract, union leaders have claimed …” (more)

[Herald Scotland, 14 July]

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