Scandal of temporary jobs

7th March 1997 at 00:00
There is no real victory for education when compulsory redundancies are avoided but hundreds of jobs are lost with consequences for class sizes and the quality of education, May Ferries, president of the Educational Institute of Scotland, said in Aberdeen on Wednesday.

Many of those who stood to lose their jobs were temporary staff and it was damaging to morale when councils created more and more temporary or part-time posts "so that they can be hired and fired according to the financial circumstances of the time".

Ms Ferries said more than 700 teachers in Glasgow were on temporary contracts, mostly women, and many faced the axe.

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