SIPTU members vote in favour of the new public service pay deal

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

Ireland“SIPTU members have voted in favour of the new public service pay deal. 76% of members voted to accept the Public Service Stability Agreement. The result means a majority of public service employees have now voted in favour of the deal. The agreement is an extension of the Lansdowne Road Agreement …” (more)

[BreakingNews.ie, 10 August]

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Gender pay gap at Queen’s University to be narrowed but will remain

Posted in Governance and administration on August 4th, 2017 by steve

“The pay gap between male and female professors at Queen’s University Belfast, which has drawn fierce criticism, is to remain for at least another seven years. The university came under fire from staff after a study found it had the widest gender pay gap among senior academics of 24 leading institutions in Britain and Northern Ireland …” (more)

[Simon Doyle, Irish News, 4 August]

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Mary Mitchell O’Connor won’t be drawn on €16k top-up

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

Ireland“Super junior minister Mary Mitchell O’Connor has refused to say if she is still seeking a €16,288 salary top-up linked to the role despite the fact that the payment would need new legislation to be passed by the Dáil. The Fine Gael TD declined to clarify the situation on three occasions during a media briefing at the Department of Education, insisting the issue is ‘very low down on my agenda’ …” (more)

[Fiachra Ó Cionnaith, Irish Examiner, 18 July]

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IFUT Executive votes to recommend acceptance of pay talks proposals

Posted in Governance and administration on July 14th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The Executive of the Irish Federation of University Teachers (IFUT) has today (Thursday, July 13th) voted unanimously to recommend acceptance of the proposals arising from the recent Pay Talks …” (more)

[Irish Federation of University Teachers, 13 July]

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Primary teachers reject new public service pay agreement by overwhelming majority

Posted in Governance and administration on July 14th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The Irish National Teachers’ Organisation (INTO) has rejected the new public service pay agreement by an overwhelming 89 to 11 per cent majority. The result is in line with the advice of the primary teacher union’s executive, which sought a rejection because the deal is not bringing about an end to two-tier pay rates …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 13 July]

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‘Outrageous’ salaries at Ulster University higher than Oxford and Cambridge

Posted in Governance and administration on July 13th, 2017 by steve

“Senior managers at the Ulster University are the third highest paid in the sector in the UK, it has been revealed. Of the 162 universities in the UK, only King’s College London and the University of Manchester pays its senior managers more than Ulster University …” (more)

[Rebecca Black, Belfast Telegraph, 13 July]

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Senior managers at Ulster University second highest paid in the UK in a year of mass lecturer redundancies

Posted in Governance and administration on July 11th, 2017 by steve

“Senior managers at Ulster University are the second highest paid in the UK, according to the Times Higher Education Pay Survey 2017. Of the 162 universities in the UK, only King’s College London pays its senior managers more than Ulster …” (more)

[UCU, 10 July]

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State cannot immediately repeal FEMPI – Donohoe

Posted in Governance and administration on June 29th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Minister for Finance and Public Expenditure and Reform Paschal Donohoe has said the State cannot afford to immediately repeal Financial Emergency legislation (FEMPI), which underpinned the pay cuts imposed on the public sector during the economic crisis …” (more)

[RTÉ News, 29 June]

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Three teachers’ unions look set to reject pay deal

Posted in Governance and administration on June 27th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The country’s biggest secondary school teachers’ union looks set to recommend to its members that they reject the proposed public sector pay deal. The move means all three teachers’ unions may end up voting against the draft agreement …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 27 June]

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New campaign urges public-sector workers to reject Lansdowne Road II pay deal

Posted in Governance and administration on June 23rd, 2017 by steve

Ireland“A new campaign is being launched today to encourage public sector workers to vote against ‘Lansdowne Road II’. The new public-sector pay deal, which will be voted on over the next two months, has so far received a mixed reaction …” (more)

[BreakingNews.ie, 23 June]

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SIPTU recommends acceptance of new public sector pay deal

Posted in Governance and administration on June 22nd, 2017 by steve

Ireland“SIPTU has recommended that its members vote in favour of a new public sector pay deal. It comes after more than 20 organisations reached a deal with the Government in recent weeks on a pay agreement to follow the Lansdowne Road deal.SITPU said the agreement – known as Lansdowne 2 – has more positive elements than negative …” (more)

[BreakingNews.ie, 22 June]

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Weak Government is giving in to union wage demands, says leading economist

Posted in Governance and administration on June 21st, 2017 by steve

Ireland“A leading economist has claimed there is no room for more pay rises for public servants and the Government is tolerating union demands only because it is weak. Colm McCarthy notes State employees’ wages are already improving through hikes agreed under the Lansdowne Road Agreement. They also get increments, and inflation is close to zero …” (more)

[Anne-Marie Walsh, Independent, 20 May]

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FF to block Mary Mitchell O’Connor appointment as ‘super junior’

Posted in Governance and administration on June 16th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Fianna Fáil will not support legislation to create a third super junior role for Mary Mitchell O’Connor. Ms O’Connor was appointed as a Minister of State with responsibility for higher education in Wednesday’s re-shuffle by Taoiseach Leo Varadkar. The position will allow her to sit at the Cabinet table …” (more)

[Sarah Bardon, Irish Times, 16 June]

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Minister Mary Mitchell O’Connor’s €16,288 pay rise a slap in the face for struggling nurses, teachers and guards – Cullinane

Posted in Governance and administration on June 16th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Sinn Féin spokesperson for Public Expenditure and Reform David Cullinane TD said today that Mary Mitchell O’Connor’s €16,288 pay rise is a slap in the face for struggling nurses, teachers and guards. Deputy Cullinane said …” (more)

[Sinn Féin, 16 June]

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Unions refusing pay deal set to miss out

Posted in Governance and administration on June 12th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Public sector workers who reject the new €880m Lansdowne Road pay agreement will miss out on pay increases contained in the deal, unions leaders are being warned. While the threat is not explicitly contained in the draft document, Public Expenditure Minister Paschal Donohoe and the Government are clear that only those who sign up to the deal can benefit from its terms, the Irish Examiner can reveal …” (more)

[Daniel McConnell, Irish Examiner, 12 June]

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Universities’ funds for new staff eaten by State salary rises

Posted in Governance and administration on June 9th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“More than half of the money universities got this year to employ extra staff to deal with rising student numbers was absorbed by the Government decision to bring forward the €1,000 pay rise in the public service to April. The university sector received about €7m in the Budget specifically to cater for growing enrolments as part of the first additional State investment in higher education in a decade …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 9 June]

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€887m public sector pay deal won’t prevent tax cuts, says Varadkar

Posted in Governance and administration on June 9th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“There will still be money for tax cuts in the next Budget despite a public sector pay deal that will cost €180m next year, incoming Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has said. Unions will begin balloting the country’s 250,000 public sector workers in the coming weeks on the proposals, which include regular pay increases until 2020 …” (more)

[Cormac McQuinn, Herald, 9 June]

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TUI heads say they will recommend membership reject the new public sector pay deal

Posted in Governance and administration on June 9th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The Teachers’ Union of Ireland Executive has voted unanimously to reject the new proposed public sector pay deal. In a statement this evening, the TUI said that the Executive would be recommending to its members to reject the deal …” (more)

[TheJournal.ie, 8 June]

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Trinity could attract ‘star academics’ after Brexit if pay restraints eased

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

Ireland“Constraints on public pay should be loosened after Brexit to attract international ‘star academics’ working in important areas of national interest to Ireland, the Seanad has heard. Thomas Molloy, director of public affairs and communications at Trinity College, Dublin, said Ireland was in danger of squandering the opportunities presented by the United Kingdom’s departure from the European Union …” (more)

[Mary Minihan, Irish Times, 8 June]

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Leo Varadkar: Public sector pay deal means ‘it won’t be possible to do all we want in next budget’

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

Ireland“The incoming Taoiseach has welcomed plans to ballot public workers on a proposed new pay deal. However, Leo Varadkar has conceded that the costs of the new deal will reduce the amount available to spend elsewhere in the Budget …” (more)

[BreakingNews.ie, 8 June]

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