Minister Mitchell O’Connor appoints mediator for the English Language Education Sector

Posted in Governance and administration on January 13th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The Minister for Higher Education, Mary Mitchell O’Connor TD, has today appointed the former General Secretary of the Association of Secondary Teachers of Ireland (ASTI), Mr Patrick King, to work with relevant stakeholders to explore the potential to address some of the employment related issues that have arisen in the English language education sector …” (more)

[Department of Education and Skills, 13 January]

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IFUT member gets contract after 20 month battle!

Posted in Legal issues on December 17th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“After seven years of teaching and research in several positions and departments at my university I was supposed to be made redundant at the end of the academic year 2016/17. Being a member of IFUT I contacted my branch secretary in February 2017 to explore any possible claims I may have …” (more)

[IFUT, 17 December]

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Language Schools Closures

Posted in Governance and administration on December 15th, 2018 by steve

IrelandJames Browne (Wexford, Fianna Fail): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the position regarding teachers whose money was taken from them by their employer (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 13 December]

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16 years of precarious work in English language schools caused me to develop anxiety

Posted in Life on December 8th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“For 16 years I was a precarious worker. I was an experienced English language teacher but in all that time I never had a permanent contract. I never had sick pay, or holiday pay, unless it was ‘rolled into’ my hourly rate of pay. I never had guaranteed hours of work and for 16 years I didn’t get a pay rise …” (more)

[TheJournal.ie, 8 December]

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Labour Court rules in favour of IFUT in holiday entitlement dispute

Posted in Legal issues on December 8th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“The Labour Court has ruled in favour of a claim by the Irish Federation of University Teachers (IFUT) in Trinity College Dublin for additional leave days in compensation for the introduction of new academic structures introduced by the college. The Court awarded two days’ leave on a once-off basis, in a case taken under Section 26(1) of the 1990 Industrial Relations Act …” (more)

[Irish Federation of University Teachers, 7 December]

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Trinity’s Response to Government Temporary Contract Intervention Will Be Telling

Posted in Governance and administration on August 21st, 2017 by steve

Ireland“A new element was added to the ongoing industrial dispute in Trinity this week, after the government sent colleges and institutes of technology guidance that explicitly called for a re-think of their use of temporary contracts in the employment of administrative and support staff …” (more)

[University Times, 20 August]

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Government Intervenes to Warn Universities Against Excessive Use of Temporary Contracts

Posted in Governance and administration on August 14th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“In a move that’s already been praised by trade unions, the government has intervened in the highly-charged issue of temporary contracts in Irish higher education, urging universities to curb their use for the employment of administrative and support staff …” (more)

[Kathleen McNamee, University Times, 14 August]

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Planned Union Protest Put on Hold, Pending Government Guidance on Temporary Contracts

Posted in Governance and administration on July 25th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“A planned protest on Trinity’s campus by the three trade unions involved in a dispute with College was postponed because the unions agreed to wait on an upcoming statement from the government on the use of temporary contracts …” (more)

[Dominic McGrath, University Times, 24 July]

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English language schools: ‘Low-hours contracts, low pay and bogus self-employment’

Posted in Governance and administration on May 19th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The English language teaching (ELT) sector is booming: over one hundred English language schools employ 1,000+ teachers, and the most lucrative schools are being eyed for takeover by multinationals, and even Russian billionaires …” (more)

[Roy Hassey, The Journal.ie, 19 May]

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PhD students: time to make them university employees?

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on May 18th, 2017 by steve

International“The benefits of treating PhD students as university employees, an issue under consideration by some institutions in the UK and US, have been spotlighted by the recent completion of reforms in Sweden …” (more)

[Holly Else, Times Higher Education, 18 May]

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Maltreatment of researchers ‘no longer tolerable’, says IFUT President

Posted in Governance and administration on May 7th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The continued maltreatment of researchers in the university sector can no longer be tolerated and must be urgently addressed by the Department of Education and universities alike, Michael Delargey, UCC-based President of the Irish Federation of University Teachers, said at the 2017 Conference of IFUT in Dublin …” (more)

[Irish Federation of University Teachers, 6 May]

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Ireland is going to ban zero-hour contracts ‘in most circumstances’

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on May 3rd, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Zero hours contracts will banned ‘in most circumstances’ under new plans. The government today approved draft legislative proposals from Jobs Minister Mary Mitchell O’Connor and Small Business Minister Pat Breen …” (more)

[Fora, 2 May]

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Third Level Staff – Precarious Employment in Universities

Posted in Governance and administration on February 10th, 2017 by steve

IrelandLouise O’Reilly (Dublin Fingal, Sinn Fein): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the status of the rate of progress in the seven universities of the implementation of the Cush report; the reason there are delays in the operation of the report in the universities; if parity of esteem for other workers employed in universities with two years service will be established; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 8 February]

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Third Level Staff – Trinity College

Posted in Governance and administration on February 9th, 2017 by steve

IrelandClare Daly (Dublin Fingal, United Left): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills if his attention has been drawn to the diminishing of terms and conditions of employment of both academic and administrative staff in Trinity College (details supplied); and if so, his plans regarding same …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 7 February]

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Trinity College Dublin – Promotion for non-academic staff

Posted in Governance and administration on January 26th, 2017 by steve

IrelandPaul Murphy (Dublin South West, Anti-Austerity Alliance): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills if he has discussed with management of Trinity College Dublin proposals to freeze promotions for non-academic staff and to impose a moratorium on offering permanent contracts to non-academic staff; his views regarding increased precarity in the sector; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dail written answers, 24 January]

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NUIG resorting to low-paid agency staff, says SIPTU

Posted in Governance and administration on January 23rd, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The ‘unfair and discriminatory’ employment practices at NUI Galway were highlighted at a trade union conference in Dublin last week, which focused on precarious employment in higher education. SIPTU’s seminar at Liberty Hall shone a spotlight on unsavoury work practices at NUIG, which are said to be widespread in Ireland’s universities and colleges …” (more)

[Dara Bradley, Connacht Tribune, 23 January]

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College trade unions raise prospect of industrial action

Posted in Governance and administration on January 18th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Workers voice opposition to hiring and promotion policies alongside longstanding grievances. A meeting last Wednesday saw agreement between members of the Services Industrial Professional and Technical Union (SIPTU) and Unite trade unions to campaign in opposition to College hiring and promotion policies …” (more)

[Cathal Kavanagh, Trinity News, 17 January]

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How policy is driving precarious work for professionals in childcare and higher education

Posted in Governance and administration on January 17th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“How much do we know about the working conditions of the educators who look after and teach our children, our family members and ourselves? For the childcare and third-level sectors, a lot of the media focus tends to be on the cost of childcare, higher education fees and malpractices within the childcare sector …” (more)

[Sinéad Pembroke, progressive-economy@tasc, 17 January]

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Queen’s Publishes EU Referendum Paper

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues, Research on January 16th, 2017 by steve

“Queen’s have published an EU Exit Institutional Position Paper which sets out the key issues arising from the referendum result which will impact the University. There are four key issues, as set out below: Access to EU Research Funding; Status of Current and Future EU Staff; Student Recruitment and Mobility; Relationship with the Republic of Ireland …” (more, download)

[QUB, 16 January]

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The Large and Small Indignities of Precarity

Posted in Life on January 12th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Last term I taught modules and supervised students in three different departments in two colleges. Each of these were short term contracts and paid on an hourly basis …” (more)

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