There is an advert on the Uni’s new Teach Higher page for a lecturer job – paying £5 an hour…
But this gaffe is illustrative.
We know that the purpose of Teach Higher it to worsen the conditions of precarious academic workers in order to lower the cost of teaching. It is, absolutely, outsourcing. The low pay and exploitation of hourly paid staff is already a reality – with many staff being paid below the minimum wage once preparation time is taken into account.
There is no £5 lectureship. But unless we organise to oppose teach higher, conditions not unlike this are likely to become the norm. Solidarity with staff, we will support you in any way possible!