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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IFUT to Ballot Members Over Joining Strike Action

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

Ireland“The Irish Federation of University Teachers (IFUT) is to ballot its Trinity members on strike action, following the College’s decision to no longer offer permanent contracts or promotions to support and administrative staff …” (more)

[Róisín Power, University Times, 22 March]

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SIPTU members in Trinity College Dublin vote for strike action

Posted in Governance and administration on March 11th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“SIPTU members working in Trinity College Dublin have voted overwhelmingly in favour of industrial and strike action, in a dispute concerning the failure of management to offer permanent contracts to staff, in a ballot counted in Liberty Hall …” (more)

[Anne Marie Walsh, Independent, 10 March]

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CIT Student Services staff suspend tomorrow’s work stoppage to ballot on pay offer

Posted in Governance and administration on March 2nd, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Staff at Cork Institute of Technology’s (CIT) Student Services centre have suspended their one-day work stoppage scheduled to take place tomorrow. It follows an agreement between Siptu representatives and management to a set of proposed wage increases …” (more)

[BreakingNews.ie, 1 March]

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Siptu members announce one-day work stoppage at CIT Student Services

Posted in Governance and administration on February 28th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Staff at Cork Institute of Technology’s (CIT) Student Services have announced a one-day work stoppage in their pay dispute. The Siptu members at the centre, which delivers services to students including catering and shops, carry out the work stoppage and place pickets at the institute on Thursday between 7am and 7pm …” (more)

[Evening Echo, 27 February]

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Trinity College Dublin staff to ballot for industrial action

Posted in Governance and administration on February 20th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Up to 700 non-academic staff at Trinity College Dublin (TCD) are to ballot for industrial and strike action in a dispute over access to permanent contracts. The workers, who are represented by Siptu, include security guards and administrative, maintenance and library staff …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 20 February]

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NUIG resorting to low-paid agency staff, says SIPTU

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

Ireland“The ‘unfair and discriminatory’ employment practices at NUI Galway were highlighted at a trade union conference in Dublin last week, which focused on precarious employment in higher education. SIPTU’s seminar at Liberty Hall shone a spotlight on unsavoury work practices at NUIG, which are said to be widespread in Ireland’s universities and colleges …” (more)

[Dara Bradley, Connacht Tribune, 23 January]

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Trinity’s New ‘Diktat’ for Staff Reveals the Darker Side of Commercialisation

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

Ireland“For the first time in years, we might see a possible strike inside the walls of Trinity. A ‘diktat’ from College, which will see an end to promotions for support and service staff and the introduction of temporary contracts for all new employees, has been heavily and rightly attacked by SIPTU, IFUT and UNITE …” (more)

[University Times, 22 January]

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College trade unions raise prospect of industrial action

Posted in Governance and administration on January 18th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Workers voice opposition to hiring and promotion policies alongside longstanding grievances. A meeting last Wednesday saw agreement between members of the Services Industrial Professional and Technical Union (SIPTU) and Unite trade unions to campaign in opposition to College hiring and promotion policies …” (more)

[Cathal Kavanagh, Trinity News, 17 January]

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TDs speak up for low-paid CIT staff

Posted in Governance and administration on December 9th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Cork Institute of Technology needs to engage with staff who went on strike this week, according to Sinn Féin TD Donnchadh Ó Laoghaire. SIPTU workers employed by CIT Student Services CLG, a wholly-owned private company that runs catering and shops, went on strike on Wednesday …” (more)

[Evening Echo, 9 December]

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Fifty CIT catering and retail staff threaten strike over pay

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

Ireland“Cork Institute of Technology students may face disruption next week when almost 50 catering and retail staff are due to strike over pay. The first of many planned one-day stoppages by Siptu members on Wednesday is over what their representatives say has been the refusal of management to discuss claims for a pay rise …” (more)

[Niall Murray, Irish Examiner, 1 December]

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Analysis: Pressure mounts over public service pay

Posted in Governance and administration on November 11th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Pressure on the Government over public service pay is continuing to increase, almost by the day. An effective ultimatum has been issued by Siptu president Jack O’Connor, who said the union, which has 60,000 public service members, would authorise ballots for strike action if the Government does not agree in principle by next Thursday to enter into a new pay talks process …” (more)

[Martin Wall, Irish Times, 10 October]

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SIPTU calls for Public Sector Pay Commission to provide timeline to pay restoration

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

Ireland“SIPTU has called on the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform, Paschal Donohoe, to make clear that the soon to be appointed Public Sector Pay Commission must provide a clear timeline to full pay restoration for workers …” (more)

[SIPTU, 12 October]

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Unions call for renegotiation of latest public service pay agreement

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

Ireland“With both Dublin Bus and Luas drivers securing double-digit wage increases and gardaí threatening strikes over their pay, two of the country’s leading trade unionists have called for a renegotiation of the latest public service pay agreement …” (more)

[Stephen Rogers, Irish Examiner, 1 October]

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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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