Public servants to work until 70 amid spiralling pensions

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

Ireland“Teachers, university lecturers, and other key public servants will be asked to work until they are 70 in a bid to cut back on spiralling pension costs and to shore up staff gaps in vital frontline services. Cabinet signed off on the move at its weekly meeting yesterday after the plan was put forward by Finance Minister Paschal Donohoe …” (more)

[Fiachra Ó Cionnaith, Irish Examiner, 17 October]

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Cabinet approves new public sector retirement age

Posted in Governance and administration on October 16th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“The Cabinet has agreed to amend the Retirement Bill that will in the future allow almost all public sector workers stay in their jobs until the age of 70. The change will enable teachers to remain working until the end of an academic year even if they reach the age of 70 before then …” (more)

[Mícheál Lehane, RTÉ News, 16 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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Second-level teachers to vote on two-tier pay proposal

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

Ireland“The Association of Secondary Teachers Ireland (ASTI) is to ballot its members on new Government pay proposals without a recommendation. The union’s president Breda Lynch said while new Government moves to end the controversial two-tier pay system representedMartin Wall some progress, it did not ‘achieve equal pay for equal work’ …” (more)

[Martin Wall, Irish Times, 13 October]

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ASTI to discuss Govt proposals on pay for new entrants

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

Ireland“One of the country’s main teachers unions is meeting in Dublin today to consider new Government proposals aimed at addressing the dispute over two-tier salaries in the public service …” (more)

[BreakingNews.ie, 13 October]

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Public Sector Pay – Compulsory Retirement Age

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

IrelandMichael McGrath (Cork South Central, Fianna Fail): To ask the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform if public sector employees that are to be allowed to work beyond 65 years of age in certain circumstances will continue to be paid at the point on the increment scale they were at when they reached 65 years of age; the position in this regard; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 9 October]

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Graduate salaries are no measure of a university’s worth

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

“The government’s teaching excellence framework may have been controversial, but it has enabled the higher education sector to articulate what students, parents and industry are genuinely interested in: teaching, employability, student support, real-world skills and co-curricular activities …” (more)

[Dominic Shellard, Guardian, 3 October]

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Education system still counting cost of brain drain from flight of our graduates after crash

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

Ireland“Ireland is still feeling the after-effects of the graduate brain drain that robbed the country of youthful talent during the depths of the recession. Thousands of our brightest and best youngsters left these shores in pursuit of more viable job opportunities as the country languished in the fallout from the crash …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 3 October]

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High earners hit worst by austerity tax hikes, survey shows

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

“A decade on from the dawn of the financial crisis, households across the State still bear the scars of the years of austerity that followed. Decisions to introduce the universal social charge (USC), a levy on public-service pensions and the local property tax, and to cut benefits such as children’s allowance and abolish the PRSI ceiling, continue to have a lingering effect on our disposable income …” (more)

[Fiona Reddan, Irish Times, 2 October]

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Activists claim TUI Executive have ‘failed utterly’ to bring in equal pay for new teachers

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

Ireland“The Teachers Union of Ireland Executive is being criticised for failing to reject the Government’s proposals on ‘new entrant’ pay. TUI Grassroots says the plans will ensure those who enter the public service in future will be treated much less favourably than those who came in before 2011 …” (more)

[Breaking News.ie, 27 September]

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TUI to ballot members on Government pay deal proposals

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

Ireland“The Teachers’ Union of Ireland (TUI) is to ballot members on the Government’s new proposals to tackle the two-tier pay system in the public service without a recommendation. The union said the proposals had different implications depending on the career stage of the individual member …” (more)

[Martin Wall, Irish Times, 27 September]

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Two-tier public pay system

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

Ireland“A chara, – The Government proposal in relation to ‘new entrant’ public servants will not as your headline suggests ‘end the two-tier public pay system’ (News, September 24th). Rather it will institutionalise unequal pay and ensure those who enter the public service in future will be treated much less favourably than those who came in prior to 2011 …” (more)

[Eddie Conlon, Irish Times, 27 September]

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Teacher strikes possible for pay restoration

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

Ireland“Ballots on the deal will be under way by October 10 among more than 70,000 members of the three main teacher unions, despite Finance Minister Paschal Donohoe’s insistence that there is no further funding to 2020 to improve the reduced pay for those who joined the public service after 2010 …” (more)

[Niall Murray, Irish Examiner, 26 September]

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TUI comment on proposal regarding new entrant pay

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

Ireland“While this represents further movement, it won’t, of itself, deliver pay equality. Because the most significant difference in scales will still be in the initial career stage, the TUI’s concern about the crisis of teacher recruitment and retention remains. As a result, schools will continue to struggle – and in some cases fail – to recruit …” (more)

[Teachers’ Union of Ireland, 24 September]

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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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Proposed new government deal which aims to end two-tier public sector salaries

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

Ireland“New entrants to the public service are to jump two points on their pay scale in a deal aimed at ending the row over two-tier salaries. The agreement will kick in from next March, when some staff will bypass two points on their scale in one go, while others will do it in two stages …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 24 September]

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Pay to be restored for up to 60,000 public sector workers

Posted in Governance and administration on September 22nd, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Up to 60,000 teachers, nurses, gardaí and public sector workers hired since 2011 look set to receive pay increases under a deal aimed at abolishing controversial ‘two-tier’ pay rates. The deal, likely to be announced early next week, would be worth an average of about €3,300 for those hired following the introduction of austerity-era pay cuts …” (more)

[Martin Wall and Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 22 September]

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Public Sector Staff Remuneration

Posted in Governance and administration on September 21st, 2018 by steve

IrelandRóisín Shortall (Dublin North West, Social Democrats): To ask the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the full remaining cost of ensuring that all public sector workers recruited on lower salary levels since 2011 are brought to pay levels that match colleagues at the same grade; and the way in which he plans to address this inequality …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 20 September]

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Colleges’ sabbatical pay under Higher Education Authority spotlight

Posted in Governance and administration on September 21st, 2018 by steve

Ireland“A review of policies on pay and other benefits for third-level college staff is about to begin, almost a year after it was due to commence. The Higher Education Authority (HEA) review is to focus on examining policies in respect of pay, pensions, travel, and leave, and how those policies are applied …” (more)

[Niall Murray, Irish Examiner, 21 September]

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Universities seek freedom from ‘grinding levers of State control’

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

Ireland“Irish universities are seeking more freedom and flexibility to hire staff in order to compete with Europe’s top-performing colleges. The aims are contained in a new charter which the State’s seven universities say will underpin the future of third-level education …” (more)

[The Charter itself is here]
[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 17 September]

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