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Draft proposal could overturn fixed-term contracts law


Staff union presents policy plan to create more reliable career paths in academia

A law has been proposed to help solve Germany’s crisis of temporary employment in academia, seeking to replace existing legislation limiting open-ended contracts.

Germany’s law on fixed-term contracts in science, the Wissenschaftszeitvertragsgesetz, came into force in 2007 to legitimise fixed-term contracts at universities and research institutions. However, according to the country’s Education and Science Union (GEW), this comes at the expense of scientists’ future opportunities, the continuity and quality of research and teaching, and the attractiveness of universities and research as a workplace.

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