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Open University breaks promise on pay and job security to over 4,000 staff

24 March 2021 | last updated: 29 April 2021

UCU said the Open University is betraying more than 4,000 staff by reneging on its agreement to implement a new contract which was meant to come into force in October 2021.

The university was due to bring in new terms and conditions for its 4,000 associate lecturers, who are currently on casualised contracts with little job security following five years of negotiation. The university now claims - after agreeing to the new contract more than two years ago - that it does not have sufficient systems and capacity in place to implement the contract successfully.

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