Effects of COVID-19 on Academic Employment
Dear colleagues,

It becomes apparent that in the semester now underway, numerous problems connected with the COVID-19 pandemic arise, which will not only affect the students, but also us staff members beyond the professorial level (research assistants, doctoral students, lecturers, junior professors, etc.). The range of problems extends from instructions on how to document working hours in the home office or the current handling of holidays and illness, to expiring contracts and numerous canceled teaching assignments, to the implementation of digital teaching content and appropriate remuneration for the additional work involved.
We are the 'Mittelbau-Initiative Hamburg' and we fight for better working conditions in research and teaching in Hamburg. While the current situation makes personal exchange of information extremely difficult, we, would nevertheless like to get an overview of the situation of the Hamburg "Mittelbau" (research and teaching staff) in order to be able to act collectively together with you in the current situation. Therefore, we would be pleased to learn some details about your current work situation, possible problems and/or questions and also successes. Of course, we will handle your personal information with confidence and will only communicate information anonymously or in agreement with you.

Please contact us at: kontakt@mittelbau-hamburg.de or use the form below to share your experiences anonymously.

What happens afterwards? What we mean if we want the Hamburger Mittelbau to become collectively capable of acting is this:
 - Self-support: We exchange ideas, inform ourselves together and share possible solutions.
 - Solidarity: We realize that we are not alone with our problems and that we can achieve better together.
 - Demands: We address the public, politics/authorities, employers/financial backers and show that we do not simply accept a deterioration in our working conditions.

Organize yourselves in your colloquial, institutional and working groups, with your colleagues and in unions! You're welcome at our monthly (zoom) meeting too.

All the best and see you soon!

Your Hamburg Mittelbau-Initiative!

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