TUI seeks removal of additional third-level lecture time

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

Ireland“The Teachers’ Union of Ireland is to seek the complete removal of extra lecturing hours imposed as part of the Croke Park Agreement. The two extra hours agreed by the unions were reduced to one in subsequent talks, but Martin Marjoram, a member of the TUI executive committee, says the reality is that the ‘flex’ hour imposes several more working hours on lecturers …” (more)

[Joe Leogue, Irish Examiner, 21 April]

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ASTI members set for Dáil protest as Haddington Road Agreement expires

Posted in Governance and administration on July 1st, 2016 by steve

Ireland“From today ASTI secondary school teachers and members of the GRA may face significant pay freezes. The penalties, which include the non-restoration of pay cuts and the non-payment of supervision fees, can be imposed under legislation known as FEMPI …” (more)

[BreakingNews.ie, 1 July]

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Asti and Croke Park hours

Posted in Governance and administration on May 24th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Sir, – Further to Declan McGrath’s entirely justified criticism (May 21st) of the ‘Croke Park hours, as they have long been called with distaste, I would like to point out arguably the most unproductive aspect of these ‘productivity measures’ – the time spent by teachers on extra-curricular activities, for no additional wages …” (more)

[Alan Eustace, Irish Times, 24 May]

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Teachers go to war over Croke Park hours

Posted in Governance and administration on May 20th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“The leadership of the country’s biggest teachers’ union, the Association of Secondary Teachers in Ireland, has been gunning to go to war with the Government following years of cuts and reduced resources. Yesterday evening the union lobbed the first grenade in what promises to be a long, noisy and disruptive battle …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 20 May]

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ASTI members vote to withdraw from ‘Croke Park’ hours

Posted in Governance and administration on May 19th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Members of the Association of Secondary Teachers in Ireland (ASTI) have voted overwhelmingly to withdraw from working ‘Croke Park’ hours. The unions members voted 68.5% to 31.5% and say the hours are highly prescriptive and unproductive …” (more)

[Newstalk, 19 May]

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TUI motions may spark fresh industrial unrest in schools

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

Ireland“Schools may face widespread industrial action next autumn if teachers with the Teachers Union of Ireland (TUI) propose next month to stop working additional hours agreed under the Croke Park deal …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 14 March]

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ASTI motions may spark fresh industrial unrest in schools

Posted in Teaching on February 25th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Schools may face widespread industrial action next autumn if teachers with the biggest second-level union propose next month to stop working additional hours agreed under the Croke Park deal …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien and Martin Wall, Irish Times, 25 February]

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Public service hampered by lack of carrot and stick

Posted in Governance and administration on June 1st, 2014 by steve

“What do civil service mandarins and senior managers in the public sector think about the Croke Park and Haddington Road reforms? How do they rub along with their political masters? And, most importantly in terms of improving the sector’s performance, do they have the freedom and the incentives to provide the best possible service to the citizens for whom they work? …” (more)

[Dan O’Brien, Independent, 1 June]

[The IPA report to which this refers is here.]

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Provost’s privatisation agenda rejected by students

Posted in Governance and administration on November 19th, 2013 by steve

“An overwhelming majority of students would oppose the privatisation of Trinity College, Dublin, according to a new survey conducted last week by Trinity News. Just under 81% of the 500 TCD students that were polled by this paper indicated that they would not support the privatisation agenda …” (more)

[Catherine Healy, Trinity News, 19 November]

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In the classroom, ‘reforms’ do not spell improvements

Posted in Teaching on September 29th, 2013 by steve

“I know you don’t want to hear it: another teacher whining on about the losses he has had to endure from his generous pay packet, or the extra couple of hours he now has to work in his pathetically light working week …” (more)

[Shane Dunphy, Independent, 29 September]

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Industrial Action Directives to members

Posted in Governance and administration on September 24th, 2013 by steve

“At its meeting on 23rd September, ASTI Standing Committee decided to issue the directives to all ASTI members in response to the Government’s decision to breach the Croke Park Agreement and impose cuts to teachers’ pay under the Financial Emergency Measures in the Public Interest (FEMPI) Act …” (more)

[ASTI, 24 September]

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ASTI to implement programme of industrial action in second-level schools

Posted in Governance and administration on September 23rd, 2013 by steve

“… The industrial action will begin on Wednesday, October 2nd when 17,000 ASTI members withdraw from meetings outside of normal school hours. This will include school planning and policy development meetings, staff and parent teacher meetings, and in-service training for teachers …” (more)

[ASTI, 23 September]

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ASTI chief: Teachers have had enough

Posted in Governance and administration on September 22nd, 2013 by steve

“The General Secretary of the ASTI has said that his union’s members have students at heart, as they prepare to plan a potential strike …” (more)

[TheJournal.ie, 22 September]

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ASTI Fightback statement on the outcome of today’s ballot

Posted in Governance and administration on September 21st, 2013 by steve

“From the ASTI Fightback Facebook page: ‘ASTI FIGHTBACK statement on the outcome of today’s ballot. ASTI FIGHTBACK salutes all teachers who have today sent a clear message to the Government/DES that teachers have taken enough …'” (more)

[The Cedar Lounge Revolution, 20 September]

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Government stands firm after ASTI votes to reject Haddington Road deal

Posted in Governance and administration on September 21st, 2013 by steve

Ireland“The Government is insisting that there will be no renegotiation of the Haddington Road agreement on public service pay despite the decision of the secondary teachers’ union ASTI to reject the deal and to vote for industrial action …” (more)

[Martin Wall, Irish Times, 21 September]

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€1.4bn increments for public sector workers defended

Posted in Governance and administration on August 26th, 2013 by steve

“The payment of €1.4 bn of increments to public sector workers over the past six years is being defended …” (more)

[BreakingNews.ie, 26 August]

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Vast bulk of public servants back pay deal

Posted in Governance and administration on June 28th, 2013 by steve

“Medical laboratory scientists have become the latest group to accept the proposed new Haddington Road agreement on public service pay …” (more)

[Martin Wall, Irish Times, 28 June]

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Vast bulk of public service staff now signed up to Haddington Road agreement

Posted in Governance and administration on June 22nd, 2013 by steve

“The decision by gardaí and nurses to back the proposed Haddington Road deal means that the vast bulk of public service personnel have now agreed to be covered by its provisions …” (more)

[Martin Wall, Irish Times, 22 June]

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INTO vote to accept deal in dramatic ballot U-turn

Posted in Governance and administration on June 18th, 2013 by steve

“Primary teachers have voted almost two to one in favour of the Haddington Road pay and productivity proposals. The 63% support given to the new deal by the Irish National Teachers’ Organisation (INTO) is a dramatic reversal of their 91% rejection of the earlier Croke Park II deal …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly and Luke Byrne, Independent, 18 June]

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Primary teachers vote to accept Haddington Road proposals

Posted in Governance and administration on June 17th, 2013 by steve

“INTO, the Irish National Teachers’ Organisation, said a ballot of its members showed 63% are in favour and 37% are against the proposals …” (more)

[TheJournal.ie, 17 June]

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