Unions concerned by plan to give business bigger say in university funding

Posted in Governance and administration on December 17th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Trade unions are seeking an urgent meeting with the Minister for Education to raise ‘grave concerns’ over plans to give big business a greater say in where hundreds of millions of euro in university investment will be spent. It follows an Irish Times report which said a new ‘oversight arrangement’ is to be established which will facilitate employers having a greater say in the strategic direction of €300 million in education spending …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 17 December]

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Minister Bruton welcomes public sector deal on new entrant pay

Posted in Governance and administration on September 24th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“The Minister for Education and Skills, Mr Richard Bruton TD welcomed the outcome of negotiations between the Irish Congress of Trade Unions and the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform on improvements to new entrant pay …” (more)

[Department of Education and Skills, 24 September]

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TUI may face hefty financial settlement over ‘poaching’ claims

Posted in Governance and administration on May 7th, 2018 by steve

“The Teachers’ Union of Ireland (TUI) may end up paying hundreds of thousands of euro to a rival union following allegations it ‘poached’ more than 1,000 members. This follows an investigation into allegations by the Association of Secondary Teachers Ireland (ASTI) that many of its members were recruited by the TUI during an industrial dispute last year …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien and Martin Wall, Irish Times, 7 May]

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Teachers warned they won’t receive pay increases unless they sign up to new deal

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

Ireland“Finance Minister Paschal Donohoe has said unions that don’t sign up to a new public sector pay deal will not benefit from pay increases under it. The minister was speaking after the Irish Congress of Trade Unions (ICTU) voted to back the Public Service Stability Agreement …” (more)

[TheJournal.ie, 18 September]

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Almost 75% of public servants will enjoy a wage boost over next three years

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

Ireland“Almost three quarters of public servants will enjoy a wage boost of at least 7% over the next three years after unions backed a pay deal with the government this morning. The public service unions affiliated to the Irish Congress of Trade Unions ratified the Public Service Stability Agreement at a meeting this morning …” (more)

[Anne Marie Walsh, Independent, 18 September]

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Unite union wants members to reject public sector pay deal

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

Ireland“Members of the Unite trade union have been advised to reject a new public service pay agreement. Representatives met on Wednesday following several weeks of consultation with members …” (more)

[Jack Quann, newstalk, 16 August]

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Scrapping Fempi legislation immediately ‘unaffordable’

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

Ireland“Now is not the time to jeopardise the country’s economic progress by prematurely repealing financial emergency legislation, the Minister for Public Expenditure Paschal Donohoe has said. In a letter to public service trade unions on Thursday he said immediately scrapping the legislation, which underpinned the various cuts to terms and conditions for staff across the public service over recent years, would be ‘unaffordable’ …” (more)

[Martin Wall, Irish Times, 7 July]

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Unions to seek joint approach on public service pay

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

Ireland“Public service trade unions are to try develop a co-ordinated approach to seeking improvements in pay and conditions for about 300,000 workers on the State’s payroll …” (more)

[Martin Wall, Irish Times, 13 June]

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Can our colleges cope with the coming crisis?

Posted in Governance and administration on August 16th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“John Walshe says hard decisions will have to wait until after the election. Irish colleges face a tsunami of applications over the next few years as a surge in pupil numbers works its way through our schools …” (more)

[Independent, 16 August]

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Union members vote to back Lansdowne Road pay deal

Posted in Governance and administration on July 29th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Members of the Technical Engineering and Electrical Union (TEEU) who work in the public service, have voted to accept the proposed new Lansdowne Road pay agreement. The union, which represents about 1,000 staff in the health service, local authorities, education and semi-State sectors, said its members backed the deal by a margin of 52% to 48% …” (more)

[Martin Wall, Irish Times, 28 July]

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University teachers’ union likely to urge rejection of pay deal

Posted in Governance and administration on July 12th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“The trade union representing university teachers is expected to urge its members to reject the proposed new Lansdowne Road pay agreement in a forthcoming ballot. The executive committee of the Irish Federation of University Teachers (Ifut) will meet to decide on a recommendation for members on the deal at the end of July …” (more)

[Martin Wall, Irish Times, 12 July]

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TUI motion on precarious and casualised work passed by ICTU’s biennial conference

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on July 10th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“The following TUI motion on precarious and casualised work was passed by ICTU’s biennial conference on Wednesday. ‘Precarious and Casualised Work, Session 4: Public Services Motion 37: Congress notes that Article 25 of the UN Declaration of Universal Human Rights, 1948 states that Everyone has the right to a standard of living adequate for the health and well-being of himself and of his family …'” (more)

[Teachers’ Union of Ireland, 8 July]

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‘FEMPI must go’, ASTI tells ICTU conference

Posted in Governance and administration on July 8th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“The Irish Congress of Trade Unions (ICTU) has passed a motion proposed by the ASTI demanding that the Government repeal all aspects of the Financial Emergency in the Public Interest (FEMPI) legislation. The motion, passed at the ICTU Biennial Delegate Conference today, also commits the trade union movement to vigorous opposition to any future attempt by governments to impose unilateral changes to the pay and working conditions of public sector workers …” (more)

[ASTI, 8 July]

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Public Sector Pay – Relaxation of FEMPI legislation

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on July 3rd, 2015 by steve

IrelandDeputy Sean Fleming asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform his views on whether the conditions for a financial emergency as set out in financial emergency measures in the public interest, FEMPI, legislation still apply; his plans to unwind this legislation; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil Éireann, 2 July]

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Public service pay deal costing €566m affordable, says Howlin

Posted in Governance and administration on May 30th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“The new public service pay restoration deal, which will see most public service staff receive €2,000 on a phased basis, will cost the State €566 million over three years. However, Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform Brendan Howlin last night said it was ‘affordable’ and the ‘right thing to do’ …” (more)

[Martin Wall, Irish Times, 30 May]

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Colleges at ‘tipping point’ as CAO applications surge to 80,000

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on May 18th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“CAO applications have hit a new record of almost 80,000, causing the head of the Higher Education Authority (HEA) to warn that colleges are at ‘tipping point’ …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 18 May]

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First phase of public sector pay talks close after just fifteen minutes

Posted in Governance and administration on May 12th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“The first round of the public sector pay talks opened and closed this afternoon in just fifteen minutes. This afternoon’s session is the first in a phase of talks between union representatives for 300,000 public servants and the Government, and today both parties laid out their opening positions …” (more)

[Emma Jane Hade, Independent, 12 May]

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Time to challenge the ‘myth of austerity’ – IFUT President, Rose Malone

Posted in Governance and administration on May 9th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“IFUT sees the funding of the universities as a fundamental issue of social justice and educational equity, Rose Malone stated in her Presidential Address to the Conference of the Irish Federation of University Teachers (IFUT), in Dublin …” (more)

[Irish Federation of University Teachers, 9 May]

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Howlin: Pay talks set for public sector workers

Posted in Governance and administration on April 28th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Pay talks are to begin with public service workers next month, the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform has said. Emergency measures were brought in to cut wages from 2009 in response to the country’s financial crisis …” (more)

[BreakingNews.ie, 28 April]

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Teachers want pay rises ‘with no strings’ attached – TUI

Posted in Governance and administration on April 7th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Teachers want pay rises ‘with no strings’ attached, a union leader said today. With talks about to get under way on the first pay increases for public servants since the before the crash, the Teachers Union of Ireland (TUI) say ‘any increase in income should come without productivity conditions’ …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 7 April]

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