In yesterday’s all-staff mail, our VC wrote about the conditions demanded by our Unions and hard won through the strikes, and also wrote: > The Herald today published a letter from the Provost > http://sydney.edu.au/news/84.html?newscategoryid=11&newsstoryid=12185 > ... where the Provost says: > ... proportion of casual academics ... [is] 19.9 percent. The > proportion of well-trained casual staff seeking a continuing academic > position constitute less than 5 percent of our academic staff. Meaning that 75% of casuals is either un-trained, or just not seeking a permanent position. How could the Uni employ un-trained people? Is this demeaning to those casuals? Cheers, Paul Other questions: - How do we know the number wanting to convert to permanent? - If so few want permanency, why do we create "more scope"?