Gennem fælles aktiviteter og netværk på tværs af landets universiteter og højere læreinstitutioner vil medlemmer af Dansk Magisterforening arbejde for at styrke midlertidige ansattes muligheder for at blive hørt og inddraget lokalt, såvel som nationalt, i diskussionerne og beslutningerne omkring universiteternes fremtid og det fremtidige arbejdsmarked.
Prekariseringen har ramt Danmarks universiteter, og derfor har medlemmer af Dansk Magisterforening oprettet et medlemsforum med fokus på konsekvenserne af de hastigt stigende antal korttids- og midlertidige ansættelser.
Report: National meeting
The report documents the first national meeting for temporarily employed researchers in Denmark in September 2018 with international activists from UK, Italy and Portugal. It debates cross-national issues of academic precarity and suggests ideas for how to mobilize against worsening work conditions in higher education across Europe.
The number of PhD students in Denmark has doubled from 2006 to 2010. As a result, the number of post-docs and assistant professor positions has increased by 89,6 % from 2006 to 2013 (Danmarks Grundforsknings publikation: The post-doc challenge, 2015). However, the number of tenured (permanent) positions has only increased by 23,6 % in this same period of time.
These changes have created the foundation for an increased use of short-term contracts at Danish universities, thereby contributing to the establishment of a precarious labor market for researchers. This impacts both individual possibilities for planning for a career as a tenured scholar, and the overall work environment, which is increasingly marked by competition and uncertainty about the next short-term contract.
Temporary researchers often find themselves poorly integrated into their workplace, both in terms of the professional and organizational and the social aspects of this. This has great impact on individuals’ ability to and possibility for speaking up and being heard by management and tenured colleagues. In order to counteract the personal and collective effects of the increasingly precarious labor market for researchers, Dansk Magisterforening is working to establish a members’ forum for researchers in temporary employment.
The aim of the members’ forum is to discuss and improve working conditions for temporary employees, thus addressing the individual and collective consequences of the increase of short-term contracts. The members’ forum will work as a community that gathers all temporary employed researchers with the purpose of establishing a political voice and activist position in the debates concerning the precarious labor market as well as university and research policies.
Furthermore, the members’ forum will facilitate communication and networking between temporary researchers across faculties as well as universities, thereby empowering a group of employees who often find themselves isolated. The members’ forum will also work to improve Dansk Magisterforening’s knowledge of the target group as well as to improve the representation and voice of those in temporary employment within the landscape of trade unions.
To learn more, or to join the Forum for Temporarily Employed Researchers, contact Niels Glæsner:
Niels Glæsner firstname.lastname@example.org