Precarious employment in academia

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

Ireland“Sir, – Peter McGuire’s article on precarious employment in academia (‘Is this the end of job security in academia?’, April 4th) highlights practices that are unquestionably exploitative, and about which there is mounting discontent and unrest within the education sector …” (more)

[Louise Campbell and others, Irish Times, 8 April]

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Third Level Staff – Fixed-term Workers

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on March 11th, 2017 by steve

IrelandJoan Burton (Dublin West, Labour): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills if all the recommendations of the Cush report in respect of fixed-term workers in third level colleges have been accepted and implemented by him; and if not, the specific recommendations that remain outstanding …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 8 March]

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Third Level Staff – Precarity

Posted in Governance and administration on March 2nd, 2017 by steve

IrelandClare Daly (Dublin Fingal, United Left): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills his views on the rise of precarious employment and short-term contracts in higher education …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 1 March]

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Third Level Staff – Trinity College

Posted in Governance and administration on March 2nd, 2017 by steve

IrelandBríd Smith (Dublin South Central, People Before Profit Alliance): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills his views on recent plans announced by the board of Trinity College, which will make a secure future or career advancement for many staff an impossibility; the way this might impact on the Government strategy for the third level sector; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 1 March]

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Third Level Staff – Precarious Employment in Universities

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

IrelandLouise O’Reilly (Dublin Fingal, Sinn Fein): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the status of the rate of progress in the seven universities of the implementation of the Cush report; the reason there are delays in the operation of the report in the universities; if parity of esteem for other workers employed in universities with two years service will be established; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 8 February]

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Trinity College Dublin – Promotion for non-academic staff

Posted in Governance and administration on January 26th, 2017 by steve

IrelandPaul Murphy (Dublin South West, Anti-Austerity Alliance): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills if he has discussed with management of Trinity College Dublin proposals to freeze promotions for non-academic staff and to impose a moratorium on offering permanent contracts to non-academic staff; his views regarding increased precarity in the sector; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dail written answers, 24 January]

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NUIG resorting to low-paid agency staff, says SIPTU

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

Ireland“The ‘unfair and discriminatory’ employment practices at NUI Galway were highlighted at a trade union conference in Dublin last week, which focused on precarious employment in higher education. SIPTU’s seminar at Liberty Hall shone a spotlight on unsavoury work practices at NUIG, which are said to be widespread in Ireland’s universities and colleges …” (more)

[Dara Bradley, Connacht Tribune, 23 January]

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Third Level Staff – Precarious contracts and poor work conditions

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

IrelandBríd Smith (Dublin South Central, People Before Profit Alliance): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills if the Action Plan for Education will address the increasing use of precarious contracts and poor work conditions and pay in the third level institutions for lecturers and other workers; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 18 January]

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How policy is driving precarious work for professionals in childcare and higher education

Posted in Governance and administration on January 17th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“How much do we know about the working conditions of the educators who look after and teach our children, our family members and ourselves? For the childcare and third-level sectors, a lot of the media focus tends to be on the cost of childcare, higher education fees and malpractices within the childcare sector …” (more)

[Sinéad Pembroke, progressive-economy@tasc, 17 January]

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The Large and Small Indignities of Precarity

Posted in Life on January 12th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Last term I taught modules and supervised students in three different departments in two colleges. Each of these were short term contracts and paid on an hourly basis …” (more)

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Third Level Staff – Cush Report

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

IrelandCarol Nolan (Offaly, Sinn Fein): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills if he will implement the recommendations of the Cush report; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 21 June]

[For the Cush Report on precarious employment in 3rd level see here.]

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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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Universities destroying fabric of education by exploitation of precarious and low-pay staff

Posted in Governance and administration on April 14th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“The Irish Federation of University Teachers (IFUT) has accused university managements of undermining the entire basis of how third-level teaching is provided as a result of continued attempts to enforce low pay exploitation of lecturers and researchers …” (more)

[Irish Federation of University Teachers, 14 April]

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Casualisation of Academic Work: Solidarity or Precarity?

Posted in Governance and administration on April 12th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“The UCC Branch of IFUT will host an important talk on Thursday 14th April 2016 – 2pm Room 405, Western Gateway Building, UCC …” (more)

[Irish Federation of University Teachers, 11 April]

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Precarious workers in higher education

Posted in Governance and administration, Life on October 13th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“In the 12th of May edition of the Irish Times it was reported that the grass-roots activists Third-Level Workplace Watch believed that 40% of teaching hours are accounted for by part-time teachers, while a researcher in Trinity College, Andrew Loxley, reported that 80% of researchers in higher education were on temporary contracts …” (more)

[Chris Lowe, Socialist Voice, October issue]

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TUI motion on precarious and casualised work passed by ICTU’s biennial conference

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on July 10th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“The following TUI motion on precarious and casualised work was passed by ICTU’s biennial conference on Wednesday. ‘Precarious and Casualised Work, Session 4: Public Services Motion 37: Congress notes that Article 25 of the UN Declaration of Universal Human Rights, 1948 states that Everyone has the right to a standard of living adequate for the health and well-being of himself and of his family …'” (more)

[Teachers’ Union of Ireland, 8 July]

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Precarious employment widespread in Higher Education, says IFUT

Posted in Governance and administration on July 9th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Precarious employment is rampant in Higher Education, Mike Jennings, General Secretary of the Irish Federation of University Teachers (IFUT) said today, addressing the Biennial Conference of the Irish Congress of Trade Unions …” (more)

[Irish Federation of University Teachers, 8 July]

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‘I can’t plan for the future. I don’t have security or finance’

Posted in Life on July 6th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Sinéad Pembroke is one of a rising number of academics reliant on precarious work. Sinéad Pembroke (31) used to think precarious work was a brief rite of passage for academics in the early stages of their careers. Now, she says, she realises it is her career …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 6 July]

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Precarious work: the sectors at risk

Posted in Governance and administration on July 6th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“A global shift has taken place since the financial crisis to more insecure jobs, according to the International Labour Organisation. Labour experts say the extent to which this is happening in Ireland is difficult to measure accurately …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 6 July]

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Precarious work in third-level sector

Posted in Governance and administration on May 14th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“A chara, – I welcome Peter McGuire’s article highlighting the exploitative employment practices that are plaguing third-level institutions (‘The increasingly precarious life of an academic’, May 12th) …” (more)

[Ronan White, Irish Times, 14 May]

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