As IFUT sees it … Precarious employment is not fair play!

Posted in Governance and administration on October 3rd, 2017 by steve

Ireland“It’s the end of September! As usual, the days grow shorter, the kids go back to school, Mayo lose the All-Ireland … and thousands of researchers and casually employed lecturing staff face another year of precarious employment and working conditions. The quest for fair play for researchers and part-time university staff is now almost as long as that of Mayo for Sam …” (more)

[Irish Federation of University Teachers, 28 September]

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Third Level Staff – Part-time and Fixed Term employment

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on September 19th, 2017 by steve

IrelandJoan Burton (Dublin West, Labour): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the progress his Department has made in respect of the implementation of the Cush Report regarding part time and fixed term employment in third level institutions and in particular her Department’s request in June 2017 that third level institutions establish an adjudication system to hear disputes arising from the implementation of the Cush Report; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 11 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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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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Higher Education Institutions Staff: Part-time Teaching in Retirement

Posted in Governance and administration on November 5th, 2015 by steve

IrelandFinian McGrath (Dublin North Central, Independent): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills if the embargo on third level teachers returning to teach part-time still exists; and if she will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 3 November]

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Institutes of Technology Staff – Numbers

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

IrelandDeputy Michael McGrath asked the Minister for Education and Skills further to Parliamentary Question No 464 of 27 January 2015, if she will provide, for each institute of technology, the number of individual academic staff members, not whole-time equivalents, for each of the following categories of academic staff …” (more)

[Dáil Éireann Written Answers, 26 February]

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Why we should care about National Adjunct Walkout Day in Ireland

Posted in Governance and administration on February 25th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“In October 2014 an adjunct professor in San Jose State University posted the following question on a social media site: ‘What would happen if adjuncts across the country all walked out on the same day?’ This Wednesday, 25th February, she will have her answer …” (more)

[Patrick Bresnihan, Look Left, 25 February]

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To Be Honest: a young lecturer says our third-level sector is being gutted

Posted in Governance and administration on March 19th, 2013 by steve

“The Irish universities want to climb the global rankings. Our politicians blather on about the importance of research, of innovation, of being a knowledge economy. It’s empty rhetoric, and it’s utterly hollow …” (more)

[Irish Times, 19 March]

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