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Early-career researchers demand fair treatment

A group of early-career researchers in France has called on the government to ensure that all higher education teaching in the country is paid on a monthly basis rather than twice a year.

The plight of the 130,000 researchers classified as “contract lecturers” in the French system was highlighted by the CJC, the confederation of young researchers, in a statement on 4 May. Contract lecturers are either PhD students or junior researchers, some of whom are not paid a salary for their research work but earn a wage by performing various teaching roles, often on an ad hoc basis.

According to the CJC, these researchers “in their overwhelming majority” are paid twice a year rather than monthly. Thierry Mandon, the former secretary of state for research and education, issued a ministerial note asking all universities to pay contract lecturers monthly in April 2017, but this went largely unheeded, the CJC said.

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