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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UK universities seek legal advice to protect EU staff members

Posted in Legal issues on December 7th, 2016 by steve

“There has been a ‘large spike’ in immigration law related inquiries from UK universities and colleges, who are seeking to reassure anxious staff members concerned about the impact of Brexit, an employment law expert has said …” (more)

[Out.law.com, 6 December]

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Third Level Staff – Tenure

Posted in Governance and administration on November 5th, 2016 by steve

IrelandLouise O’Reilly (Dublin Fingal, Sinn Fein): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills if his attention has been drawn to ongoing situations in Irish universities where some staff get permanency whereas others only have recourse to one, two and three year fixed term contracts; if he has correspondence on this; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 3 November]

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UCD Spending on Legal Disputes with Staff Increased by More than 300% Last Year

Posted in Legal issues on October 11th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“UCD spent €236,859 on legal fees in cases and disputes they contested with their own members of staff last year. This figure represents a 300% increase in legal costs from the €77,176 spent in the previous 2013/14 academic year on cases involving university staff …” (more)

[College Tribune, 11 October]

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UCC denies a policy to hire casual staff

Posted in Governance and administration on October 10th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“University College Cork has denied that it’s operating a casualisation policy for hiring staff amid claims that a third of teaching staff are not ‘permanent’ employees. In the face of claims by the Irish Federation of University Teachers that at least one-third of staff delivering teaching to students are now employed on a purely casual basis …” (more)

[Evening Echo, 10 October]

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‘Casualisation of lecturing threatening college jobs’ claims union

Posted in Governance and administration on October 7th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“The casualisation of lecturing jobs at University College Cork and other universities is exploitative of staff and threatens education standards, a union claims. The Irish Federation of University Teachers (IFUT) said at least one third of those teaching at UCC are employed on a purely casual basis — affecting more than 200 staff there alone …” (more)

[Niall Murray, Irish Examiner, 7 October]

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IFUT Charter slams ‘casualisation of teaching’ by UCC

Posted in Governance and administration on October 5th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“The Irish Federation of University Teachers (IFUT) has launched a Charter for casual workers in UCC, saying that at least one-third of staff delivering teaching to students are now employed on a purely casual basis …” (more)

[Irish Federation of University Teachers, 5 October]

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Third-level staff being exploited

Posted in Governance and administration on September 9th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Sir, – Following your article on the slide in world rankings of Irish universities, I must admit I find the report entirely unsurprising (‘Irish universities continue to fall in global rankings’, September 6th). No business would treat its staff in the way in which Irish universities currently do, and expect to achieve any degree of success …” (more)

[E Desmond, Irish Times, 9 September]

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USI said the number of staff on zero-hour contracts at third level is unacceptable

Posted in Governance and administration on May 17th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“The Union of Students in Ireland has said the number of lecturers on zero-hour contracts is unacceptable and is calling on both third level institutions and the government to address precarious work practices in higher education …” (more)

[Union of Students in Ireland, 17 May]

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Report shows use of zero-hour contracts by universities

Posted in Governance and administration on May 17th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“A Government-commissioned report has acknowledged the reliance of some colleges and universities on precarious and zero-hour contracts for employing lecturing staff. The report of an expert group on fixed-term part-time employment in lecturing at third level shows that up to two-thirds of lecturing staff in some higher education institutions are not full-time or permanent …” (more)

[The Cush Report is here]
[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 17 May]

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Cush report exposes extent of low pay and zero hour contracts in universities, says IFUT

Posted in Governance and administration on May 14th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“The Irish Federation of University Teachers (IFUT) has welcomed publication of the Expert group on Fixed term and Part time employment in lecturing in Third Level in Ireland (Cush Report), but highlighted that it does not address the issue of research and researchers, where a substantial portion of precarious employment is located …” (more)

[Irish Federation of University Teachers, 13 May]

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The Minister for Education and Skills welcomes the Report of the Chairperson of the Expert Group

Posted in Governance and administration on May 13th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“The Minister for Education and Skills welcomes the Report of the Chairperson of the Expert Group, Mr Michael Cush SC, on Fixed-Term and Part-Time Employment in Lecturing in Third Level Education in Ireland. The recommendations contained in the report will assist in addressing concerns raised about precarious employment by Union representatives …” (more, download)

[Department of Education and Skills, 12 May]

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TUI conference told contracts of 30 minutes duration on offer

Posted in Governance and administration on March 31st, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Young teachers in some institutes of technology have received contracts offering them only half hour work per week, the TUI conference has been told …” (more)

[Martin Wall, Irish Times, 31 March]

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