Public Service Pay and Pensions Bill undermines union rights

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

Ireland“A chara, – The silence from the trade union movement in response to the publication of the Public Service Pay and Pensions Bill 2017 is remarkable. This legislation, which will be debated in the Dáil this week, gives effect to the Public Services Stability Agreement (PSSA). It will compound and continue pay inequality for post-2011 public servants …” (more)

[Jana Lyons and others, Irish Times, 22 November]

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Pay and third-level researchers

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

Ireland“Sir, – You report that the Government recently agreed that pay restrictions should be lifted to allow colleges hire world-leading scientists and engineers on salaries of up to €250,000 (News, November 10th) …” (more)

[Letters, Irish Times, 11 November]

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Government plans for €250,000 a year trophy-staff will further undermine Third-Level Education, says IFUT

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

Ireland“Government plans to pay exorbitant salaries to attract a small number of ‘top researchers’ to Ireland is like lighting matches to drive away the cold and will further exacerbate the crisis in Third-Level Education, the Irish Federation of University Teachers (IFUT) has said. Joan Donegan, General Secretary of IFUT, said that …” (more)

[Irish Federation of University Teachers, 10 November]

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Universities say higher salaries are vital to attracting top talent

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

Ireland“When Irish universities go headhunting in a bid to attract the very best in international talent, they tend to get the same reaction. ‘One academic asked us if there was a misprint in the salary we quoted’, said one third-level source. ‘We’re not at the races for when it comes to competing against the top research university systems for the best scientists or engineers’ …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 10 November]

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Universities to be allowed to hire staff on up to €250,000

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

Ireland“Universities are to be allowed to hire staff on salaries higher than the Taoiseach’s under new measures aimed at attracting top talent to the third-level sector. The Government recently agreed that pay restrictions should be lifted to allow colleges hire world-leading scientists and engineers on salaries of up to €250,000 …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 10 November]

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Public Service Pay and Pensions Bill 2017 is published

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on November 9th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The pay of TDs and most other public servants will return to pre-austerity levels by July 2021 under new legislation which has been published. The Public Service Pay and Pensions Bill 2017 underpins the restoration of financial emergency (FEMPI) pay cuts imposed during the economic crisis …” (more)

[RTÉ News, 9 November]

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ASTI votes to reject new public service pay agreement

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

Ireland“The Association of Secondary Teachers in Ireland has rejected the new public service pay agreement. The margin was 51.39% against, and 48.38% for …” (more)

[RTÉ News, 23 October]

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Mary Mitchell O’Connor: ‘I’m happy to forgo salary increase’

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

Ireland“Minister of State for Higher Education Mary Mitchell O’Connor has said she is happy to forgo a salary increase for her new role as a super junior Minister after a report found she is ineligible for the payment. Ms Mitchell O’Connor has been informed she is not entitled to an extra €16,288-a-year allowance, which is given to Ministers of State who attend Cabinet meetings …” (more)

[Sarah Bardon, Irish Times, 26 September]

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Teachers warned they won’t receive pay increases unless they sign up to new deal

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

Ireland“Finance Minister Paschal Donohoe has said unions that don’t sign up to a new public sector pay deal will not benefit from pay increases under it. The minister was speaking after the Irish Congress of Trade Unions (ICTU) voted to back the Public Service Stability Agreement …” (more)

[TheJournal.ie, 18 September]

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Almost 75% of public servants will enjoy a wage boost over next three years

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

Ireland“Almost three quarters of public servants will enjoy a wage boost of at least 7% over the next three years after unions backed a pay deal with the government this morning. The public service unions affiliated to the Irish Congress of Trade Unions ratified the Public Service Stability Agreement at a meeting this morning …” (more)

[Anne Marie Walsh, Independent, 18 September]

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Public service unions to ratify new pay deal

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

Ireland“Public service trade unions will on Monday formally ratify the new pay deal for 300,000 State employees. Unions are now likely to press for an acceleration of the reviews of recruitment and retention problems – and measures that can be put in place to address them – which were scheduled to be completed by the end of next year …” (more)

[Martin Wall, Irish Times, 18 September]

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Academic … surely?

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

Ireland“Following the discussion, actually it’s more like an argument, about high levels of pay for chancellors and vice-chancellors of UK universities it’s kind of breathtaking the excuses being put out about why some are ‘worth it’ …” (more)

[The Cedar Lounge Revolution, 17 September]

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Further backing for public pay deal

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

Ireland“The Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation (INMO) backed the deal by a margin of 75% to 25%, while the Irish Medical Organisation did so by an even bigger margin of 85% to 15%. The biggest acceptance margin of all came from the Irish Federation of University Teachers (IFUT) which supported the new public service pay deal by 93% to 7% …” (more)

[Dan Buckley, Irish Examiner, 16 September]

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Teachers, lecturers vote for industrial action over pay gap

Posted in Governance and administration on September 15th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Teachers and lecturers have voted decisively to reject the new public service agreement and to back industrial action in opposition to the current two-tier pay structure in schools. Members of the Teachers Union of Ireland (TUI) opposed the new public service agreement by 87% to 13% …” (more)

[Martin Wall and Sarah Bardon, Irish Times, 14 September]

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Real prospect of teachers going their own way on public pay agreement

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

Ireland“The prospect of further industrial action in schools later in the year will be determined by a number of key events over the coming weeks which will be watched very closely by the Government as well as tens of thousands of parents and students. In essence teachers will have to decide whether they should row in with what more than likely will be the majority decision of the public service trade union movement …” (more)

[Martin Wall, Irish Times, 9 September]

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ASTI recommends members reject new pay deal

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

Ireland“The Association of Secondary Teachers is recommending that their members reject the new public service pay agreement, they announced after a ballot was held this afternoon. The ASTI’s 180 member Executive Council voted no for the new pay deal, following claims that it does not address the lowers wages of teachers who have qualified since 2012 …” (more)

[Kathy Armstrong, Independent, 9 September]

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Unite union wants members to reject public sector pay deal

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

Ireland“Members of the Unite trade union have been advised to reject a new public service pay agreement. Representatives met on Wednesday following several weeks of consultation with members …” (more)

[Jack Quann, newstalk, 16 August]

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Public sector pay: Siptu all but closes the deal

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

Ireland“The decision by the members of the country’s biggest trade union, Siptu, to vote in favour of the proposed new public sector pay deal by a large majority will come as a huge relief to the Government. The result of the ballot on the Public Service Stability Agreement 2018-2020 means that the deal is now likely to be endorsed by the Irish Congress of Trade Unions (Ictu) …” (more)

[Irish Times, 11 August]

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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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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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