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The NASUWT today highlighted concerns about the growing trend towards casualisation in education.
There is increasing use of zero-hours contracts and this is having a negative impact on teaching standards, delegates at the TUC Congress in Brighton were told.
NASUWT National Executive Member Ruth Duncan spoke in support of a motion highlighting the growing insecurity of employment and the impoact on the lives of working people.
She said: “In education, the NASUWT is concerned about the growing trend towards the casualisation of work, the use of zero-hours contracts, and the negative impact that these practices are having on teaching standards, teacher morale and the entitlement of children and young people to a high quality education.”
NASUWT research showed that 79% of supply teachers obtain work through supply agencies.
For many, the use of private supply agencies operating for profit, is now the only way to obtain work in a sector where the local authority role has been drastically reduced, she told delegates.
Ms Duncan highlighted the fact that agency and umbrella companies benefited rather than the workforce or the service provision, particularly when agencies were charging £10,000 in finders’ fees and up to 30% in commission charges.
She said: “We must campaign to end the use of such perverse, exploitative and discriminatory practices that effectively stop individuals from gaining the security of a permanent role if they desire one, especially at a time when there is a recruitment and retention crisis in the education sector.”


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