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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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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New campaign urges public-sector workers to reject Lansdowne Road II pay deal

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

Ireland“A new campaign is being launched today to encourage public sector workers to vote against ‘Lansdowne Road II’. The new public-sector pay deal, which will be voted on over the next two months, has so far received a mixed reaction …” (more)

[BreakingNews.ie, 23 June]

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SIPTU recommends acceptance of new public sector pay deal

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

Ireland“SIPTU has recommended that its members vote in favour of a new public sector pay deal. It comes after more than 20 organisations reached a deal with the Government in recent weeks on a pay agreement to follow the Lansdowne Road deal.SITPU said the agreement – known as Lansdowne 2 – has more positive elements than negative …” (more)

[BreakingNews.ie, 22 June]

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IFUT Becomes Third Union to Vote in Favour of Strike Action in Trinity

Posted in Governance and administration on April 13th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Ninety per cent of voting members of the Irish Federation of University Teachers (IFUT) have voted in Trinity this evening to support strike action, coming just weeks after two other unions voted to do the same, as the dispute between college and support and service staff continues …” (more)

[Róisín Power, University Times, 12 April]

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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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Unions Set For ‘Pivotal’ Meeting with College on April 11th

Posted in Governance and administration on April 7th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Trinity is due to meet with the two unions representing administrative and service staff on April 11th in the latest attempt to resolve the ongoing dispute over contracts and promotions. The Services, Industrial, Professional and Technical Union (SIPTU) and Unite, whose members in Trinity have already voted to support industrial and strike action, will meet with Trinity on April 11th at a hearing of the Workplace Relations Commission …” (more)

[Dillon Hennessy, University Times, 7 April]

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Unite Attacks New Policy on External Contractors, as Dispute with College Continues

Posted in Governance and administration on March 25th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Unite, one of the two trade unions threatening strike action in Trinity, has denounced College’s new policy on the employment of external contractors, as revealed by The University Times this week …” (more)

[Dominic McGrath, University Times, 24 March]

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