USI and SIPTU Renew Joint Agreement

Posted in Governance and administration on October 8th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“SIPTU and the Union of Students of Ireland (USI) have today (Monday, 7th October) announced the renewal of an agreement between the two organisations to facilitate joint campaigns and provide third level students with support in the workplace …” (more)

[USI, 7 October]

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SIPTU members employed as cleaners in Sligo IT to hold 48-hour work stoppage

Posted in Governance and administration on September 24th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“SIPTU members employed as cleaners in Sligo Institute of Technology (IT) have voted unanimously to undertake a 48-hour work stoppage which will commence on Monday, 30th September at 8.00 am in a dispute concerning a major reduction in their working hours …” (more)

[SIPTU, 24 September]

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SIPTU says proposed reform legislation cannot ignore funding crisis in education

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on July 18th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“SIPTU representatives have today (Wednesday, 17th July) said that any proposed legislation to introduce greater regulation and reform to the governance of higher education cannot be used to divert attention away from the growing funding crisis facing the sector …” (more)

[SIPTU, 17 July]

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Trade Unions Condemn Third-Level Gender Inequality

Posted in Governance and administration on March 12th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Trade unions have demanded an end to the ‘staggering’ levels of inequality in third-level institutions, as well as warning of the impact of perilous working conditions on women employed in the sector …” (more)

[Rachel O’Leary, University Times, 11 March]

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Full Steam Ahead at DCU

Posted in Governance and administration on March 12th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Following discussions between IFUT and SIPTU a joint agreement has been reached on representation of staff in Dublin City University (DCU). The new agreement provides a very strong mandate for working together in a spirit of partnership to advance the cause of all trade union members in the university …” (more)

[Irish Federation of University Teachers, 11 March]

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Unions call for end to ‘staggering’ gender inequality for third-level staff

Posted in Governance and administration on March 9th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Trade unions have called for an end to the ‘stark inequalities’ and precarious working environments facing workers, particularly women, in higher and further education roles. Union representatives from third-level institutions across the country gathered in Liberty Hall on International Women’s Day to discuss the ‘staggering’ levels of gender inequality and precarious working conditions which persist among university and college academic and management staff …” (more)

[Sorcha Pollak, Irish Times, 8 March]

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College Caves to Union Pressure, Handing Out 50 Permanent Contracts

Posted in Governance and administration on January 29th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Following years of pressure from trade unions and a government intervention that warned the College over its preference for temporary contracts, Trinity has backed down, handing permanent contracts to more than 50 non-academic staff in the last year …” (more)

[Donal MacNamee, University Times, 29 January]

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SIPTU gives cautious welcome to Gender Action Plan for Higher Education

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

Ireland“SIPTU divisional organiser, Adrian Kane, has given a cautious welcome to the recommendations contained in the Gender Action Plan 2018-2020. Under the plan, up to 30 women-only professorships will be created in third level institutions over the next three years, among other proposals. According to Kane, there have only been marginal improvements in female representation at senior level in Academia since the adoption of the Review of Gender Inequality in Higher Education Institutions published in 2016 …” (more)

[SIPTU, 12 November]

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Staff in the Royal College of Surgeons secure pay increases of up to 7.5%

Posted in Governance and administration on August 22nd, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Staff in the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (RCSI) have agreed significant pay increases, following local collective bargaining between management and trade union representatives. The new pay agreement includes increases of 7.5% for all union members earning under €100,000 per year with an increase of 3% for those earning above this amount …” (more)

[SIPTU, 22 August]

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SIPTU representatives warn NUIG discrimination court cases are just the tip of the iceberg

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on July 26th, 2018 by steve

“SIPTU representatives have today (Wednesday, 25th July) warned that the four academics who reached a settlement in the High Court represent the tip of the iceberg regarding gender discrimination at National University of Ireland Galway (NUIG). Maggie Ronayne, the co-chair of SIPTU’s academic section committee at NUIG, said …” (more)

[SIPTU, 25 July]

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SIPTU calls for urgent action to end funding crisis for universities

Posted in Governance and administration on June 7th, 2018 by steve

“SIPTU has called for urgent action to tackle the funding crisis in higher education as the majority of third level institutions in Ireland continue to decline when ranked internationally against similar colleges. SIPTU Education Sector Organiser, Karl Byrne, said: …” (more)

[SIPTU, 7 June]

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Trinity and Trade Unions Clash Over Earlier Term Date

Posted in Governance and administration on May 18th, 2018 by steve

“Trinity has been accused of treating staff with ‘disdain’ by SIPTU, amid a row between College and three trade unions over the earlier start to term in September. The Trinity branch of SIPTU is set to vote on a motion, a draft of which was obtained by The University Times, that accuses College of failing to engage with staff concerns …” (more)

[Dominic McGrath, University Times, 17 May]

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SIPTU representatives describe NUIG gender equality award as misleading

Posted in Governance and administration on May 10th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“SIPTU Industrial Organiser Noel Maguire, said: ‘This is a very misleading development. SIPTU representatives are flabbergasted that Athena Swan gave this award when there are many outstanding discrimination cases in the university’. He added: ‘It is deeply concerning that this award gives NUIG disgraceful on discrimination record a new air of respectability. The narrow focus of these awards combined with the cosmetic lustre of a PR campaign provides window dressing that is in gross denial of worker’s experience on the ground …'” (more)

[SIPTU, 10 May]

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Trinity staff seek WRC mediation on change to working conditions

Posted in Governance and administration, Research on May 1st, 2018 by steve

“Academic staff in TCD are seeking intervention by the Workplace Relations Commission to mediate a solution on proposed changes to the academic year and holiday arrangements that will seriously impact on time available for research work. The changes, part of the new Trinity Education Project, impact on holiday arrangements and affect staff represented by IFUT, SIPTU and Unite unions …” (more)

[Irish Federation of University Teachers, 30 April]

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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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Calls for reversal of pay cuts to public servants over 65

Posted in Governance and administration on April 3rd, 2018 by steve

“SIPTU has called on the Government to reverse pay cuts for public servants who continue to work after the age of 65. Current Government policy is that those who opt to remain in employment beyond their 65th birthday must be paid at the first (lowest) point on the incremental pay scale …” (more)

[RTÉ News, 2 April]

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Higher education and precarious work

Posted in Governance and administration on March 19th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Sir, – We disagree with Jim Miley, director general of the Irish Universities Association, that allowing universities to pay salaries of up to €337,000 to high profile academics will ‘provide the best value for money for the State’s investment in talent’ (‘Universities get green light for salaries over €335,000’, News, March 12th) …” (more)

[Ulf Strohmayer and 10 others, Irish Times, 19 March]

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Trinity Trade Unions Await Temporary Contracts Decision

Posted in Governance and administration on November 1st, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Trinity’s trade unions are expecting a decision this week on College’s reaction to the government’s advice on fixed-term contracts, which this summer called on Irish universities to end the improper use of such contracts. In early October, the three major unions in Trinity met with the new Human Resources Director, Antoinette Quinn, to discuss Trinity’s implementations of the government recommendations …” (more)

[Aaron Finnegan, University Times, 31 October]

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NUI Galway appoints Prof Ciarán Ó hÓgartaigh as 13th president

Posted in Governance and administration on September 5th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Professor Ciarán Ó hÓgartaigh has been appointed as the 13th president of NUI Galway and will take over the helm next January following the ending of Dr Jim Browne’s 10-year term of office. However, the incoming president has faced immediate calls to meet with Siptu, which has said that it wants talks on how ‘he intends to resolve the systemic discrimination against women staff across all grades’ in the university …” (more)

[Irish Times, 4 September]

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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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