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From The Socialist newspaper, 3 October 2012
No to slave labour in universities
Jenny Thatcher, PhD student, in a personal capacity
Postgraduate research students are increasingly being used as slave labour to cut teaching costs at universities. PhD students are being used as teachers to replace more expensive senior staff.
For example the University of East London (UEL) is advertising volunteering jobs, including teaching and lab assistants, which would clearly require someone who has spent several years in higher education.
This is another disgusting example of the exploitation of UEL students and staff. The timing is appalling.
UEL staff are fighting increased workloads, are in fear for their jobs and are taking two-day strike action soon.
It is another means of reducing paid work opportunities at UEL. To make it worse a UEL student union sabbatical officer has posted this on the UELSU Facebook as 'a good opportunity for students'
A senior academic recently commented in a meeting with PhD students that if they wanted teaching experience they should shadow their supervisors, ie work for free.
A number of PhD students have already had their wages cut from £47 to £17 an hour. Some have even signed contracts for £47 but are being paid the reduced rate.
But UEL PhD students across different schools are having an emergency meeting to discuss the organising of postgraduate teachers at UEL.
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In The Socialist 3 October 2012:
Education news & analysis
Tory education policy: 'This is just about making cuts isn't it?'
Building the fightback in the universities
Suspended student union president continues fight for reinstatement
NUT activists prepare for action
Barnfield College, Luton: Kick private profit out of education
Partial victory for international students at London Metropolitan
No to slave labour in universities
International socialist news and analysis
Europe: Class struggle returns with a bang
South Africa: Solidarity with miners
Algerian war of independence 1954-1962
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Action against Profit From Illness!
South West NHS workers want action against 'pay cartel'
Save Greater Manchester mental healthcare
Cut the Con-Dems - not our NHS!
Socialist Party workplace news
Bin workers calling indefinite strike brought results
Day of Action to save HMRC nurseries
Crossrail flashmob blocks London's Oxford Street
Arts and culture workers need to fight back
Socialist Party reports and campaigns
The fight of all our lives - For a 24-hour general strike
Councillors must resist all Tory cuts
Thousands march for an independent Scotland
March for Jobs in Scotland
Rape is No Joke campaign discussed
Socialist Party news and analysis
Scotland: Lamont throws Labour Party into crisis
Sickened by Labour conference? Build the anti-cuts alternative!
Council tax benefit - new and not improved
Squatting conviction paves way for rise in homelessness
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