Industrial action in third level colleges is suspended after deal

Posted in Governance and administration on October 27th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Industrial action which has been taking place in institutes of technology across the country and at Mary Immaculate College in Limerick has been suspended after the trade union Fórsa said it had secured agreement on a job evaluation scheme for staff …” (more)

[Martin Wall, Irish Times, 26 October]

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Fórsa wins agreement on job evaluation in higher education

Posted in Governance and administration on October 26th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Union suspends action at institutes of technology. Fórsa trade union has suspended industrial action taking place in institutes of technology and Mary Immaculate College in Limerick (MIC), as work is to commence on introducing a new job evaluation scheme, following talks at the Workplace Relations Commission (WRC) today (Friday) …” (more)

[Fórsa, 26 October]

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Staff in institutes of technology begin industrial action

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

Ireland“Library, clerical and administrative staff at institutes of technology across the Republic have commenced industrial action. The the trade union Fórsa said the move formed part of a campaign aimed at securing a comprehensive job evaluation exercise. Such an initiative could lead to staff receiving higher pay …” (more)

[Martin Wall, Irish Times, 15 October]

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Staff at IT Tralee, who are members of the Fórsa trade union, will begin industrial action on Monday

Posted in Governance and administration on October 13th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Staff at IT Tralee, who are members of the Fórsa trade union, will begin industrial action on Monday. The trade union will commence action in institutes of technology across the country with the aim of securing a comprehensive job evaluation …” (more)

[Radio Kerry, 12 October]

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Institutes of Technology staff to commence industrial action next week

Posted in Governance and administration on October 13th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“A ballot for industrial action in July returned a vote of 85% of members backing industrial action, with the aim of securing a comprehensive job evaluation exercise. Fórsa has served notice to individual Institutes of Technology that, from next Monday (15th October) members will not engage in any form of communication including making and taking phone calls, video conferencing, or responding to or forwarding emails …” (more)

[Fórsa, 11 October]

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Staff in institutes of technology to take industrial action

Posted in Governance and administration on October 11th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Library, clerical and administrative staff in institutes of technology around the country are to begin industrial action next week, the trade union Fórsa has said. The union said the move formed part of a campaign aimed at securing a comprehensive job evaluation exercise …” (more)

[Martin Wall, Irish Times, 10 October]

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WIT and ITC Staff Set to Strike

Posted in Governance and administration on September 19th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Teachers Union of Ireland (TUI) members at Waterford and Carlow Institutes of Technology have voted in favour of industrial action, citing a ‘lack of engagement’ from management at both ITs regarding the pending application for Technological University (TU) status. In a joint statement released on Monday, both TUI spokespersons said the action had won ‘overwhelming support’ less than two weeks before WIT and ITC is due to submit its TU application …” (more)

[Dermot Keyes, Munster Express, 19 September]

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Lecturers at WIT and IT Carlow vote in favour of industrial action

Posted in Governance and administration on September 19th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Academic staff at Waterford Institute of Technology and IT Carlow have voted in favour of industrial action. It’s over management plans to submit an application for Technological University designation at the end of this month …” (more)

[Sinead Aherne, WLR FM, 18 September]

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Lecturers at WIT and IT Carlow set to take industrial action

Posted in Governance and administration on September 18th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Lecturers at Waterford Institute of Technology and IT Carlow are to take industrial action. The academic staff at both colleges who are members of the Teachers’ Union of Ireland have voted for a work-to-rule over management plans to apply for Technological University designation …” (more)

[RTÉ News, 18 September]

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Lecturers to take action over ‘unsustainable’ burden of work

Posted in Governance and administration on April 19th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Lecturers in institutes of technology have voted in large numbers to begin a campaign of industrial action over ‘unsustainable’ workloads. From next September, lecturers who are members of the Teachers’ Union of Ireland say they will cease working an additional hour a week, on top of their weekly norm …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 19 April]

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TUI members in Institutes of Technology vote to engage in campaign of industrial action over second ‘flex’ hour

Posted in Governance and administration on April 19th, 2018 by steve

“Members of the Teachers’ Union of Ireland (TUI) in the Institute of Technology sector have voted overwhelmingly in a national ballot (by a margin of 96% to 4%) to engage in a campaign of industrial action over unsustainable workload …” (more)

[Teachers’ Union of Ireland, 19 April]

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TUI backs industrial action campaign if talks fail on pay equality

Posted in Governance and administration on April 4th, 2018 by steve

“Delegates attending the Teachers’ Union of Ireland (TUI) annual conference gave a standing ovation to a group of teachers appointed after 2011 who told of their experiences of receiving €6,000 or €7,000 per year less than long-serving colleagues working alongside them in their schools. They outlined the impact this had on their ability to buy houses or get married …” (more)

[Martin Wall, Irish Times, 3 April]

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Schools could face shutdown in row over ‘two-tier’ pay

Posted in Governance and administration on April 3rd, 2018 by steve

“Teachers are giving the Government a month to produce a commitment to end two-tier pay rates – or strike ballots that could close schools in the autumn will go ahead. As the three teachers’ unions gather at their annual conferences, the mood is hardening for an early deal to eliminate lower salary scales for new entrants …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 3 April]

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Teachers’ unions will ‘shut down schools’ if pay parity not addressed

Posted in Governance and administration, Teaching on April 2nd, 2018 by steve

Ireland“The president of the INTO is warning that all three teachers’ unions ‘will be shutting down schools’ if the Government does not address the issue of pay parity. Almost 24,000 teachers earn less than their colleagues, for the same work, as a result of salary reductions introduced for new appointees since 2011 …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien and Vivienne Clarke, Irish Times, 2 April]

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Institutes of technology could be hit by strikes

Posted in Governance and administration on March 31st, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Institutes of technology could face disruption as lecturers are being balloted on industrial action up to strikes over delays to a review of their duties and workload. The Teachers’ Union of Ireland (TUI) leadership is recommending that its 4,000 members at the 14 institutes of technology vote in favour of action …” (more)

[Niall Murray, Irish Examiner, 31 March]

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Lecturers in Institutes of Technology ballot for industrial action

Posted in Governance and administration on March 30th, 2018 by steve

“Staff in Institutes of Technology across the country are balloting for industrial action in a dispute over working hours. The Teachers’ Union of Ireland (TUI) said on Friday that the workload of academic staff in the Institute of Technology sector had ‘long since exceeded reasonable levels and was now completely unsustainable’ …” (more)

[Martin Wall, Irish Times, 30 March]

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Students in institutes of technology may face cut in lecture hours over academics’ workload row

Posted in Governance and administration on March 30th, 2018 by steve

“Students in institutes of technology may be facing a cut in lecturing hours from September in a row over workload for academics. About 4,000 lecturers are currently being balloted on industrial action, and a ‘yes’ vote could result in disruption in the next academic year …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 30 March]

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Teachers, lecturers vote for industrial action over pay gap

Posted in Governance and administration on September 15th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Teachers and lecturers have voted decisively to reject the new public service agreement and to back industrial action in opposition to the current two-tier pay structure in schools. Members of the Teachers Union of Ireland (TUI) opposed the new public service agreement by 87% to 13% …” (more)

[Martin Wall and Sarah Bardon, Irish Times, 14 September]

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ASTI brings end to futile campaign that divided union

Posted in Teaching on June 12th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The vote by the country’s biggest secondary teachers’ union to suspend its long-running industrial action marks the end of a futile campaign which served to hurt members, disrupt students and divide the union …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 11 June]

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ASTI to suspend all industrial action

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

Ireland“The ASTI is to immediately suspend all industrial action relating to the Lansdowne Road Agreement (LRA) and Junior Certificate reform. The decision was taken by a special convention of ASTI members held in the Citywest Hotel, Dublin today …” (more)

[BreakingNews.ie, 10 June]

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