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Chamber and committees

Motion ref. S5M-21254

Concerns over Casualisation at the University of Glasgow

Submitted by: Patrick Harvie, Glasgow, Scottish Green Party.
Date lodged: Friday, March 13, 2020

Supported by: Sarah Boyack, Neil Findlay, Iain Gray, Colin Smyth, Andy Wightman
Current status: Has not yet achieved cross-party support

That the Parliament notes the recent UCU Glasgow report, The Realities of Casualisation at the University of Glasgow, and associated campaigning, which suggests that up to 61% of all research and teaching staff at the university are engaged in some form of fixed-term or casual employment; understands that the impacts of casualisation include increased stress and mental ill-health for staff, difficulties for long-term planning, missing out on certain rights and benefits arising from permanent employment, as well as impacting on the educational experience for students; is concerned at what it sees as the rising trend towards casualisation across further and higher education nationally, and supports the report's authors’ calls for the university to increase transparency around the use of casual and fixed-term contracts, set objectives to reduce their use, and take practical steps to better support employees who are affected by them.