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Irish network formed to tackle precarious employment

New group aims to end instability and “rootless existence” caused by short-term contracts

Precarious contracts are leaving many academics in Ireland unable to secure basic elements of personal stability such as bank loans and safe accommodation, according to the newly formed Irish Precarity Network.

The network, which includes academics, researchers and educators, formed this month to lobby for better employment conditions in Irish universities. Without long-term contracts, early-career researchers struggle to afford healthcare, buy a house, start a family or even get above the poverty line, the network warned.

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