Combating Zero Hours at London Met

by Christina Paine

The use of zero hours contracts in health, retail and catering has been widely publicised recently.  Shockingly, at London Met nearly half of  lecturing staff are on these contracts, suffering poverty, and precarity,  lack of holiday or sick pay and few comparable facilities or  opportunities for professional development compared to permanent staff. In  the present context, with strikes over student education and staff pay, this often hidden inequity has to be challenged and changed and  zero hours contracts abolished. We, UCU, have launched a campaign to raise  awareness, and challenge London Met’s use of these contracts. We have a  charter and a video in progress; and at the time of writing a Public Meeting set for 13th November with John McDonnell MP, Catherine West  (Labour, Islington Council); and John Fox Branch chair of Hovis at Wigan  and Angela Lamb (from Edinburgh University) both of whom have had recent success in forcing management to put all staff on secure and equitable  contracts. We can do the same. To join our campaign please  email

Christina Paine, London Metropolitan University UCU



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