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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Christina Paine, London Metropolitan University UCU