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Scientists demand more permanent positions

An alliance of higher education staff has called for a pact to increase the number of permanent positions at German universities.

Jobs that are partly or wholly financed from funds under Germany’s Hochschulpakt—a deal that allows the federal government to top up universities’ core financing—should only be offered with permanent contracts, the alliance said in a position paper published in early March. It therefore wants federal funding to pay for university positions, even though this is usually left to the federal states.

Positions created as part of the Hochschulpakt should not be substitutes for other permanent positions and their creation should not be offset by making other positions temporary, the alliance said. It is made up of two trade unions—the GEW and Ver.di—and NGAWiss, the German network of good scientific practice. 

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