Yesterday, Warwick Students’ Union held a public meeting with university management to give students the opportunity to ask questions about Teach Higher.
Highlights include Teach Higher committing to specifically stating in the re-written terms and conditions that workers will not be penalised for partaking in industrial action, which is a big concession!
There is much more to be won, however. Workers recruited via Teach Higher will still be “engaged” rather than “employed” by the university, and will still be denied a contract of employment. The university plans to go ahead with the pilot in October 2015 despite insistence from the floor that consultation with hourly paid staff would result in more effective data collection regarding payment for hours worked and parity across departments.
There is still work to be done, but Teach Higher is back-pedalling and the fight against casualisation is going strong. Full audio below.