Lettori One Step Closer to Victory Over Italian Discrimination

Lettori One Step Closer to Victory Over Italian Discrimination

FOR YEARS THEY have been working alongside their Italian colleagues, teaching English and other languages to classes sometimes numbering 150, earning a fraction of the Italians’ salary and enjoying none of their perks. Successive court victories in their long campaign have only brought further discrimination against them, and in dozens of cases suspension or dismissal. […]

Canadian sessionals settle their contract dispute

Teaching assistants and lecturers at the University of Guelph voted recently to ratify a new three-year contract. A tentative agreement was reached between the Canadian Union of Public Employees local 3913 and the university, with the assistance of a mediator. Toni Xerri, chief negotiator for the union, which represents more than 1,000 teaching assistants, non-tenure […]

Lecturer Set to Win Fight With Italy

A Scottish lecturer is poised to win a 15-year legal battle to improve the rights of foreigners working in Italy, which could result in a multi-million dollar fine for the country’s government. The European Commission is expected to shortly announce financial sanctions against the Italian government for discriminating against non-Italian foreign-language lecturers working in its […]

Canadian Sessionals Set to Strike

IN LATE NOVEMBER, sessional lecturers at Carleton University in Ottowa voted 84 percent in favor of strike action. The proposed strike date is January 15, 2003. “Sessional lecturers are tired of being treated like cheap labor at Carleton,” says Fred Schultz, president of Local 4600 of the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE), representing 350 […]

Minority Lecturers in Britain Face job Discrimination

Minority Lecturers in Britain Face job Discrimination

by Amy Rosenberg “So much of getting a job in a university is to do with informal contacts.” “There are all kinds of subtleties in the way that people treat you, how they speak to you and when they don’t speak to you at all in fact ….This becomes the case especially if people perceive that you remotely challenge their positions.” […]

The Foreign Lecturer in Japan: A Temporary Who Cannot Say No

The Foreign Lecturer in Japan: A Temporary Who Cannot Say No

by Anthony S. Rausch Foreign lecturer at a national university in Japan . . . sounds promising. But like so many things Japanese, appearances can deceive and you never know how things will turn out. People wind up staying in Japan long-term for a lot of reasons: specialized research, marriage and family, fate and opportunity. There are increasing numbers of […]

University of Bari Students Back Lettori Against Rector

University of Bari Students Back Lettori Against Rector

by Domenico Pacitti OVER 650 ANGRY students from the faculty of foreign languages and literature at the University of Bari in southern Italy have petitioned the rector to reinstate their original language teachers. They say rector Giovanni Girone has aggravated long-running job discrimination against the university’s language teaching staff of 72 lettori (contract lecturers) by relegating them to […]

Lettori Win Again But Fear Italian Houdini Tactics

by Domenico Paccitti SOME 1,500 FOREIGN-language lecturers, or lettori, who teach their mother-tongue in over sixty Italian universities recently had their fourth job discrimination case against the Italian government upheld at the European Court of Justice (ECJ) in Luxembourg. On 26th June the ECJ ruled that lettori at sample universities in Milan, Pisa, Rome, Naples, […]

Canadian Union Files Grievance

by TAA Staff THE FACULTY UNION at Algonquin College, in Nepean, Ontario, has filed several grievances regarding college hiring part-time and sessional faculty over full-time faculty. “This is not a new thing, in the sense that for years in many areas of the college there has been a tendency to overuse non-full-time categories of teacher,” […]

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