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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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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