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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ASTI/ INTO/TUI Joint Statement: Pay Talks Have Dragged On For Too Long

Posted in Governance and administration on September 5th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Meeting this week in Dublin, the presidents of the ASTI, INTO and TUI denounced the delay in reaching agreement in the ongoing talks with the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform. The talks, aimed at bringing an end to pay inequality for those who entered the profession since 1st January 2011, began following a historic three-union congress motion to undertake a joint campaign …” (more)

[INTO, 5 September]

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Private sector workers earn €14k less than those in public sector

Posted in Governance and administration on August 31st, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Private sector workers’ earnings rose faster than public servants’ in the last year – but they still make more than €14,000 a year less. New figures reveal the average private sector worker’s weekly wage increased 84c more than a public sector worker’s over 12 months …” (more)

[Anne Marie Walsh and Laura Larkin, Independent, 30 August]

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Newly qualified teachers will earn €100k less than those hired before 2010

Posted in Governance and administration on August 28th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Experienced teachers say it is unfair to accuse them of abandoning junior colleagues in pay negotiations. President of the ASTI union, Breda Lynch, claims senior teachers fought as hard as they could when wages were cut for new recruits during the recession …” (more)

[Irish Examiner, 28 August]

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TUI expresses serious concern at slow pace of current engagement on pay inequality

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

Ireland“The Executive Committee of the Teachers’ Union of Ireland (TUI) today expressed serious concern at the slow pace of the current engagement on the pay inequality suffered by those who entered the profession since 1st January 2011. The union is demanding urgent action on the issue …” (more)

[Teachers’ Union of Ireland, 24 August]

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Queen’s University chief ‘happy’ to disclose salary … but won’t be drawn on student fees

Posted in Governance and administration on August 4th, 2018 by steve

“Queen’s University’s new vice chancellor has revealed he receives a salary of £300,000. Professor Ian Greer said he was ‘happy’ to disclose his pay, however, he would not be drawn on if students should pay more for third level education in Northern Ireland. It was also reported he is paid £35,000 more than his predecessor, a figure the university did not dispute …” (more)

[Jonathan Bell, Belfast Telegraph, 3 August]

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New TUI President: Injustice of pay inequality must end now

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

“The campaign for pay equality for teachers and lecturers appointed since 2011 will remain the key campaign of the Teachers’ Union of Ireland (TUI) until the issue is resolved, according to new President Seamus Lahart. Other key issues on the agenda include damage caused by underfunding in the Institutes of Technology …” (more)

[Teachers’ Union of Ireland, 24 July]

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70% jump in Maynooth University’s payment to O’Loan

Posted in Governance and administration on July 9th, 2018 by steve

“Maynooth University increased its annual payment to governing authority chairwoman Nuala O’Loan by 70% to €20,500 last year. The payment is the maximum allowed in accordance with ministerially-approved rates under the 1997 Universities Act …” (more)

[Niall Murray, Irish Examiner, 9 July]

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Cabinet agrees bill to allow public servants to work until 70

Posted in Governance and administration on July 6th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“The Government has agreed the text of new legislation that will allow thousands of public servants work until they are 70 years of age. As people are living longer and are in better health, many public servants want to work for longer, but they cannot because of a mandatory retirement age of 65 for those recruited before 2004 …” (more)

[Conor McMorrow, RTÉ, 5 July]

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Legislation for public service pay cuts still needed, Donohoe says

Posted in Governance and administration on June 30th, 2018 by steve

“Financial emergency legislation which allowed the State to reduce the pay of public servants and cut fees for its contractors continues to be needed, the Minister for Public Expenditure Paschal Donohoe has said …” (more)

[Martin Wall, Irish Times, 30 June]

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Teachers want 30% pay rise for correcting State exams

Posted in Teaching on June 23rd, 2018 by steve

“Teachers’ unions have called for urgent talks with the State Examinations Commission (SEC) to address a joint pay claim and avoid it having to hire individuals without teaching qualifications to correct State exam papers next year. The call for talks comes after it emerged that a shortage of available qualified teachers has forced to the SEC to recruit individuals without any teaching qualifications to correct some of this year’s Junior and Leaving Cert papers …” (more)

[Éanna Ó Caollaí, Irish Times, 22 June]

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Public Sector Pay

Posted in Governance and administration on June 23rd, 2018 by steve

Bríd Smith (Dublin South Central, People Before Profit Alliance): To ask the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform his plans to renew FEMPI legislation in 2018; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 21 June]

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Third Level Staff Remuneration – Presidents

Posted in Governance and administration on June 14th, 2018 by steve

Alan Kelly (Tipperary, Labour): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the remuneration packages for presidents of third level institutions in tabular form …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 12 June]

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Surging public sector pay has unsettling echoes of the economic crash

Posted in Governance and administration on June 11th, 2018 by steve

“Economy-wide wage growth is picking up. This has many implications. It also raises important questions. First, a point about wage developments in peer countries. In recent years wage growth has been lower than economists would expect in many economies. Despite falling unemployment almost everywhere in the developed world and a tightening of labour markets, pay inflation has not taken off …” (more)

[Dan O’Brien, Independent, 10 June]

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TUI to hold lunchtime protest over pay discrimination

Posted in Governance and administration on May 14th, 2018 by steve

“The Executive Committee of the Teachers’ Union of Ireland (TUI) has expressed its frustration and serious concern at the pace of progress in resolving the issue of pay equality for public servants recruited since 2011. The Union already has a mandate for a campaign of industrial action, up to and including strike action, on this issue …” (more)

[Teachers’ Union of Ireland, 14 May]

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Public servants ‘to get just two pay rises a year’ to reverse cuts

Posted in Governance and administration on May 12th, 2018 by steve

“Public servants may get fewer pay rises next year if the Government agrees to reverse cuts for recent recruits, the Taoiseach has warned. Leo Varadkar has given the first indication that the Government may take a hardline approach with union demands for equal pay for new entrants in the Budget. He indicated that State employees may get a smaller wage boost than they expect over the course of the current three-year pay deal to fund the axing of the two-tier system …” (more)

[Laura Larkin, Independent, 12 May]

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Civil servants want equal pay scales, says union ahead of talks

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

Ireland“The Government and public service trade unions will commence talks on Friday on the two-tier system of pay across the public service. A spokesman for Fórsa said Friday’s meeting would likely be the first of a series of engagements dealing with the practicalities of equalising the length of pay scales …” (more)

[Martin Wall, Irish Times, 27 April]

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