When ‘ineligible’ for a contract turned out to be anything but!

Posted in Legal issues on November 29th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“The following letter is from a member, in a university outside Dublin, who was deemed ‘ineligible’ for a Contract of Indefinite Duration and, having initially accepted the decision, subsequently contacted IFUT who were able to resolve the matter to our member’s benefit …” (more)

[Irish Federation of University Teachers, 28 November]

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Gender inequality in Irish universities

Posted in Governance and administration on October 12th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Sir, – Mary Mitchell O’Connor, the Minister of State with responsibility for higher education, is absolutely right in her reported comments on gender inequality in Irish universities (‘Universities have failed to appoint a female president for 426 years, says Minister of State’, News, October 11th). This is a chronic problem entirely of the universities’ own making …” (more)

[Eunan O’Halpin, Irish Times, 12 October]

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Precarious employment in academia

Posted in Governance and administration on April 8th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Sir, – Peter McGuire’s article on precarious employment in academia (‘Is this the end of job security in academia?’, April 4th) highlights practices that are unquestionably exploitative, and about which there is mounting discontent and unrest within the education sector …” (more)

[Louise Campbell and others, Irish Times, 8 April]

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Report recommends changes to improve job security for teachers

Posted in Governance and administration on September 17th, 2014 by steve

“Teachers working part-time or on fixed-term contracts will have more job security under recommendations made by an expert group today, Minister for Education Jan O’Sullivan has said …” (more)

[Elaine Edwards, Irish Times, 17 September]

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Fixed Term Contracts, Funding and Unfair Dismissal

Posted in Legal issues on September 11th, 2013 by steve

“In last month’s reported employment appeals tribunal cases, the tribunal was asked to consider in Patrick Fournet v NUI Galway UD 1262/2011 MN 1367/2011 whether the claimant had been unfairly dismissed from his post when funding ceased for his role …” (more)

[Wendy Doyle Solicitors Blog, 11 September]

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College backs down in redundancy dispute

Posted in Legal issues on January 24th, 2013 by steve

“College authorities have backed down in the long-running industrial dispute over staff redundancies in Trinity and begun re-hiring the staff laid off in late 2011 and early 2012. The move comes as a resolution to a nine-month stalemate following a Labour Court recommendation in April 2012 …” (more)

[Ronan Burtenshaw, Trinity News, 23 January]

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CID win – ASTI proves ongoing need for ‘replacement’ teacher

Posted in Legal issues on September 21st, 2012 by steve

“The ASTI recently secured a Contract of Indefinite Duration (CID) for a member when a Rights Commissioner found that she could not be denied one on the grounds that she was covering for teachers on leave as she had not been teaching their classes or subjects … ” (more)

[ASTI, 21 September]

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Lecturers break with Croke Park agreement over staff redundancies

Posted in Governance and administration on January 21st, 2012 by steve

“The Irish Federation of University Teachers (IFUT) told The University Times on Friday that they were ‘stalling all further engagement with the Croke Park Agreement process’ in the wake of compulsory redundancies in Trinity College. The announcement is expected to be made official with a press release on Sunday evening …” (more)

[Rónán Burtenshaw, University Times, 21 January]

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Contract of indefinite duration claim

Posted in Legal issues on January 19th, 2012 by steve

“Ed Madden, BL, looks at a Labour Court case in which a woman who resigned from her position as a lecturer appealed against a decision that she was not entitled to a contract of indefinite duration …” (more)

[HT: Darius Whelan]
[Irish Medical Times, 19 January]

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Moratorium cost lecturer her contract, tribunal told

Posted in Legal issues on January 4th, 2012 by steve

“The moratorium on hiring in the public sector cannot be used to undermine an employee’s right to a permanent contract, a tribunal heard yesterday …” (more)

[Allison Bray, Independent, 4 January]

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