Hidden hours of work which remain unrewarded and unacknowledged

20th April 2001 at 01:00
I AM a part-time lecturer in a FE college and am paid pound;16.50 per hour, whereas some other colleges pay more than pound;24 per hour, before deductions.

My take home pay is pound;12 per hour. However, although I am paid pound;12 per hour, my total workload actually involves six hours which includes preparation, marking and records.

My net pay is pound;12 per hour, so for two hours this euals pound;24. But actual hours worked to produce a two-hour class lesson equal six.

Therefore, net pay for a two-hour class can be calculated as pound;24 divided by six hours, which equals pound;4.

In the domestic sector, a gardener earns pound;15 an hour net. Is it fair that hard-working college lecturers are paid even less than a labourer?

(name and address supplied)

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