University heads face criticism over refusal on pay cut

Ireland“The continuing refusal of the seven university presidents to take a voluntary pay cut – six months after a request from Minister for Education Batt O’Keeffe – has led to increased tensions between college heads and the Minister. Yesterday, Mr O’Keeffe expressed disappointment at the stance taken by the presidents who earn up to €273,000 per year. ‘I would have exhorted the university presidents to take the appropriate cut … one would have expected that people in such senior positions would do the right thing’ …” (more)

[Sean Flynn, Irish Times, 19 September]

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3 Responses to “University heads face criticism over refusal on pay cut”

  1. Pnin Says:

    I’m somewhat surprised that the Irish media gave so much column-space to this piece of ministerial spin. The Irish Times did at least print the “story” on the same page as an article about the Minister’s (eye-watering) expenses over the last few years. The Minister knows full well that the report on Higher Remuneration in the Public Sector will appear in the next few weeks, and will probably suggest a reduction in high-end University salaries, and others besides. His purpose in stirring up this issue before then is presumably to do with distracting attention from the fees issue, while also planting the idea that the universities are out of control, and should have even less autonomy than they do now. If he really wanted some leadership by example on salaries, he could always cut his own, or indeed his expenses.

  2. Steve Says:

    That’s plausible, yes. Another possible motive for the story is to start driving a wedge between the university presidents and IFUT, who have so far shown a united front in condemning the employment control framework, though obviously with very different motives. My guess is that while obviously the presidents can see what a dangerous measure the framework is – it represents a major loss of university autonomy on a range of strategic issues – nonetheless in the short term it is a very convenient excuse, enabling them to deny reponsibility for a broad set of (effective if rather random) cuts.

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