Draft public service pay deal is ‘wholly inadequate’ – says TUI president

Posted in Governance and administration on June 8th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Teachers’ Union of Ireland (TUI) president Joanne Irwin has described the proposed review of two tier pay scales included in the draft public service pay deal as ‘wholly inadequate’. The pay of new entrants to teaching is a particularly thorny issue because of the large numbers recruited on lower pay scales during the recession, to cater for rising school enrolments …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 8 June]

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1% corporate tax ‘would give us €550m more for education’

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

Ireland“A special corporate tax levy of 1% has been proposed by the Teachers’ Union of Ireland (TUI) to add more than €550m per annum to the Irish education sector. TUI general secretary John MacGabhann warned that adequate funding for the education sector was now of paramount importance …” (more)

[Ralph Riegel, Independent, 19 April]

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Union’s view of feeder school lists

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on December 10th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Sir, – Lists of so-called ‘feeder schools’ promote a view that educational success is solely dependent on students achieving entry to third-level courses that require high points …” (more)

[Joanne Irwin, Irish Times, 10 December]

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Budget 2017 does little to reverse effects of several years of austerity cuts

Posted in Governance and administration on October 11th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Over several years, cutbacks have inflicted severe damage on the educational experience of students and the career prospects of recently qualified teachers. Today’s Budget moves a very small distance towards reversing some of the cutbacks, but considerable additional investment must be made if the stated aim of the country’s education system becoming the best in Europe in a decade is to become anything more than an impossible pipedream …” (more)

[Joanne Irwin, Teachers’ Union of Ireland, 11 October]

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Funding and third-level league tables

Posted in Governance and administration on September 23rd, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Sir, – League tables demonstrate a consistent blind spot in failing to recognise the value of the work being done every day against great odds by Irish third-level institutions, particularly institutes of technology …” (more)

[Joanne Irwin, Irish Times, 23 September]

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New TUI President: Pay parity for new teachers is key priority

Posted in Governance and administration on July 29th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“New Teachers’ Union of Ireland (TUI) President Joanne Irwin has identified income parity for new teachers and lecturers as the key priority of her term of office. Other critical issues on the union’s immediate agenda include the underfunding crisis in Institutes of Technology and insecure employment conditions of those working in the further and adult education sectors …” (more)

[Teachers’ Union of Ireland, 29 July]

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