Unions Criticise Loan Option in Cassells Report

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on July 11th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“A coalition of unions across the country have criticised the loan options outlined in the Higher Level funding report released earlier today. Trade Unions including IMPACT, SIPTU, IFUT and TUI have all come out to condemn the proposal, outlined in the Cassells report …” (more)

[Roisin Guyett-Nicholson, University Observer, 11 July]

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NUIG nominious

Posted in Governance and administration on June 27th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“A Gender Equality Task Force has recommended mandatory gender quotas for the appointment of senior academics in NUI Galway to combat a legacy of discrimination against women. While concern has been expressed about the use of quotas, it is evident that a ‘silent gender quota’ has been in operation in NUIG for some time …” (more)

[Deirdre Curran and Shivaun Quinlivan, Village Magazine, 27 June]

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With a New Alliance Between Unions, Potential For Greater Impact on Funding

Posted in Governance and administration on June 13th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“The news that the four largest trade unions in higher education have come together with the Union of Students in Ireland (USI) to form a coalition to campaign for proper state investment in the sector should be welcome news to anyone interested in the future of the sector …” (more)

[University Times, 12 June]

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New Coalition Calls For Bigger Employer Contribution To Higher Education Costs

Posted in Governance and administration on June 8th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“The four biggest trade unions in higher education have joined with the Union of Students in Ireland (USI) to campaign for better public investment in the sector. USI, IFUT, IMPACT, SIPTU and TUI announced their new coalition as they published joint proposals on higher education funding as part of Minister Richard Bruton’s public consultation on an education strategy for 2016-2018 …” (more)

[Irish Federation of University Teachers, 8 June]

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Education sector unions to campaign for investment

Posted in Governance and administration on June 8th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“The four biggest trade unions in higher education have joined forces with the Union of Students in Ireland to campaign for better public investment in the sector. The Irish Federation of University Teachers, the Teachers Union of Ireland, IMPACT and SIPTU announced their new coalition with the USI as they published joint-proposals on higher education funding …” (more)

[RTÉ News, 8 June]

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Union slams NUIG gender equality report

Posted in Governance and administration on May 25th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Staff of NUI Galway – past and present – as well as student representatives, have criticised the recommendations of a gender equality taskforce which reported to the university’s governing body. In a pre-emptive move, trade union IFUT, NUIG Students Union and campaigner Dr Micheline Sheehy Skeffington issued a joint statement …” (more)

[Dara Bradley, Connacht Tribune, 24 May]

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Mandatory gender quotas will ‘not resolve’ issues at NUIG – Siptu

Posted in Governance and administration on May 17th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“A proposal to introduce mandatory gender quotas at NUI Galway (NUIG) will not resolve an ‘underlying problem’ of institutional discrimination at the university, Siptu has said. Pay equity must be for everyone, and not just for women seeking senior academic positions, the trade union’s equality committee at the university said …” (more)

[Lorna Siggins, Irish Times, 17 May]

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SIPTU members highlight flaws in NUI Galway gender task force report

Posted in Governance and administration on May 17th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“SIPTU members have highlighted crucial flaws in the report of the NUI Galway gender task force which was appointed by the management of the university to examine discrimination against women in the institution …” (more)

[SIPTU, 16 May]

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Siptu: If pay deal is not negotiated for ALL public sector staff, there will be industrial disputes

Posted in Governance and administration on May 16th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Siptu says the Government needs to talk to all unions when it comes to putting together a new public sector pay deal. Reports this morning suggest pay rises are being considered for nurses, doctors and other workers who are proving difficult to retain …” (more)

[BreakingNews.ie, 16 May]

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Workers raise doubt about NUIG equality post

Posted in Governance and administration on March 15th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“University workers have raised doubts about the independence of NUI Galway’s new vice-president for equality and diversity. Trade union SIPTU fears that the appointment could be an ‘expensive public relations exercise’ …” (more)

[Dara Bradley, Galway City Tribune, 14 March]

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WIT withdraws memo regarding redundancy scheme

Posted in Governance and administration on February 25th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Waterford Institute of Technology has withdrawn a letter sent to unions stating that the Department of Education and Skills had informed them of the possibility of a voluntary redundancy scheme for public servants employed in the education and training sector. The memo seen by RTÉ News was sent to representatives of the Teachers Union of Ireland, IMPACT, Unite and SIPTU last night by a senior manager at WIT …” (more)

[RTÉ News, 25 February]

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‘A Survey of Academic Staff on Working Conditions at Dublin City University’, DCU SIPTU report, just published

Posted in Governance and administration on December 4th, 2015 by steve

IrelandForeword I am delighted to introduce this survey of academic staff on working conditions at DCU carried out by the SIPTU Section Committee. As DCU moves towards the ‘incorporation’ of St Patrick’s College Drumcondra, Mater Dei Institute of Education and the Church of Ireland College of Education it is vital that the union benchmarks staff conditions as change (not always positive) will be the order of the day …” (more, download)

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Info-session for casualised staff organised by SIPTU-DCU, Wednesday 25 November

Posted in Governance and administration on November 14th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Are you an hourly paid lecturer, contract researcher or instructor, tutor or student worker? Are you based at DCU? 3lww will speak at an info-session for casualised staff …” (more)

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Siptu Conference: University slated for lack of action on ‘discrimination’

Posted in Governance and administration on October 8th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Siptu has condemned a lack of action by management at NUI Galway to address what it describes as problems related to discrimination and precarious working conditions at the university …” (more)

[Stephen Rogers, Irish Examiner, 8 September]

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Minister urged to intervene in NUIG row

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on September 15th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Unionised workers at NUI Galway are ‘angry and frustrated’ by university management’s refusal to attend the Labour Relations Commission (LRC) to resolve a dispute over an equality taskforce …” (more)

[Dara Bradley, Connacht Tribune, 15 September]

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Unions outraged at NUI Galway refusal to attend LRC to discuss equality taskforce

Posted in Governance and administration on September 4th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“SIPTU and IFUT have expressed outrage at the refusal by management at NUI Galway to attend a meeting at the Labour Relations Commission (LRC) to discuss an equality taskforce it has appointed …” (more)

[Facebook, 2 September]

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Unions outraged at NUI Galway refusal to attend LRC to discuss equality taskforce

Posted in Governance and administration on September 2nd, 2015 by steve

Ireland“SIPTU and IFUT have expressed outrage at the refusal by management at NUI Galway to attend a meeting at the Labour Relations Commission (LRC) to discuss an equality taskforce it has appointed …” (more)

[SIPTU, 2 September]

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SIPTU members not surprised at failure of NUI Galway to receive equality award

Posted in Governance and administration on July 31st, 2015 by steve

Ireland“SIPTU members have said they are not surprised at the failure of NUI Galway to secure an Athena Swan award for gender equality policies in higher education in light of the number of outstanding issues concerning discrimination at the third level institution …” (more)

[SIPTU, 31 July]

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NUI Galway fails to secure gender equality accreditation

Posted in Governance and administration on July 31st, 2015 by steve

Ireland“A campaign for equality at NUI Galway (NUIG) says that the university’s failure to secure a new accreditation for gender equality policies ‘vindicates’ its efforts. Trinity College Dublin and the University of Limerick have received British Athena SWAN bronze awards …” (more)

[Lorna Siggins, Irish Times, 30 July]

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SIPTU members vote in favour of Lansdowne Road public service proposals

Posted in Governance and administration on July 23rd, 2015 by steve

Ireland“SIPTU members in the public service have overwhelmingly accepted the Lansdowne Road proposals following a ballot which was counted today in Liberty Hall, Dublin. Members supported the proposals with 78.5% of votes cast in favour and 21.5% against …” (more)

[SIPTU, 23 July]

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