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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SIPTU meets with Minister for Education to discuss equality at NUI Galway

Posted in Governance and administration on July 16th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“SIPTU members at NUI Galway met with the Minister for Education, Jan O’Sullivan, this morning (Wednesday, 15th July) to discuss their demand for an independent taskforce to investigate gender discrimination in the university. The delegation included SIPTU representatives of academic, technical and administration staff and SIPTU Organisers …” (more)

[SIPTU, 15 July]

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Third Level Staff – NUI Galway

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on July 1st, 2015 by steve

IrelandDeputy Clare Daly asked the Minister for Education and Skills in view of the damage to the reputation of the National University of Ireland by recent high profile discrimination against female academic staff and applicants at the National University of Ireland Galway, if she will back the Services, Industrial, Professional and Technical Union’s call for an independent equality review …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 30 June]

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NUI Galway’s Governing Authority ‘fully accepts’ recommendations by Gender Equality task force

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

Ireland“NUI Galway’s Governing Authority has said it fully accepts the recommendations presented by the Task Force for Gender Equality. At a meeting today the new task force presented its Progress Report along with its first set of recommendations …” (more)

[Caroline Crawford, Independent, 23 June]

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Academics and Unions highlight urgent need for independent NUIG equality review – Ó Clochartaigh

Posted in Governance and administration on June 17th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Representatives of workers from SIPTU at NUIG outlined the need for a fully independent inquiry into equality issues in the college when they addressed Oireachtas members in Leinster House yesterday …” (more)

[Sinn Féin, 17 June]

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SIPTU calls on Maynooth University to reverse decision to close swimming pool

Posted in Governance and administration on June 16th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“SIPTU members employed at the swimming pool in Maynooth University, Co Kildare, have called on the college administration to reverse its decision to close the facility …” (more)

[SIPTU, 16 June]

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Gender Equality – NUI Galway

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on June 11th, 2015 by steve

IrelandJonathan O’Brien (Cork North Central, Sinn Fein): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the date on which she expects to receive the Higher Education Authority report on gender equality in third level colleges, following the recent audit which the authority initiated …” (more)

[Dáil debates, 10 June]

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Siptu to urge members to back new public service pay agreement

Posted in Governance and administration on June 6th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“The country’s largest trade union, Siptu, is to urge its members to support the proposed new public service pay deal. The union said its national executive council had concluded the proposed deal represented ‘reasonable progress towards the objective of recovering pay lost following the economic collapse of 2008′ …” (more)

[Martin Wall, Irish Times, 5 June]

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Trade union wins low pay appeal against NUI Galway

Posted in Legal issues on June 3rd, 2015 by steve

Ireland“The Labour Court has told NUI Galway that it was wrong to impose a lower rate of pay on a female lecturer it employed in 2011. Trade union SIPTU won its appeal against NUIG in relation to the appropriate pay scale of one of its members …” (more)

[Dara Bradley, Galway City Tribune, 2 June]

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Progress reported in public sector pay talks

Posted in Governance and administration on May 29th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Talks on the restoration of public sector pay broke up without agreement early this morning despite earlier optimism that a deal could be brokered. Union officials emerged from the negotiations just before 2am to say that progress had been made. Talks are to resume at 10am …” (more)

[RTÉ News, 29 May]

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Equality Issues: NUI Galway

Posted in Governance and administration on May 22nd, 2015 by steve

IrelandJonathan O’Brien (Cork North Central, Sinn Fein): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills if she is aware that SIPTU has advised its members on the National University of Ireland Galway campus not to co-operate with the university’s gender task force, as it was not engaged in consultations regarding its establishment; that there are concerns that the taskforce lacks transparency, and was not independently constituted, and no assurances have been provided with regard to confidentiality; and her plans to urgently address these matters …” (more)

[Dáil Eireann Written answers, 19 May]

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UCC staff eye strike support

Posted in Governance and administration on May 21st, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Staff at University College Cork’s main campus could go on strike in September in support of colleagues at a research centre in a long-running pay equality dispute. The ballot in solidarity with staff of the Tyndall National Institute will be sent to around 800 Siptu members at UCC, it was decided by stewards yesterday …” (more)

[Niall Murray, Irish Examiner, 21 May]

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Tyndall action may yet spread

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

Ireland“Industrial action over pay parity at a UCC research centre could be extended to the main campus as the row rumbles on with no sign of resolution. As staff of Tyndall National Institute picketed their city centre workplace for a fourth day in a fortnight, Siptu plans to convene representatives at the nearby university campus next week to consider the nature of supportive action for their colleagues …” (more)

[Niall Murray, Irish Examiner, 14 May]

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SIPTU strikers call on UCC President to intervene in Tyndall National Institute dispute

Posted in Governance and administration on May 13th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“SIPTU members at the Tyndall National Institute, University College Cork (UCC), who are engaged in strike action today (Wednesday, 13th May), have called on the UCC President, Michael Murphy, to intervene in their dispute over pay inequality …” (more)

[SIPTU, 13 May]

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Court ruling on UCC pickets

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on May 12th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“University College Cork has secured a High Court injunction preventing planned pickets at some entrances to the college’s main campus tomorrow by employees of Tyndall National Institute in a dispute over pay …” (more)

[Aodhan O’Faolain and Niall Murray, Irish Examiner, 12 May]

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High Court to decide on viability of picket at UCC

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on May 11th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“The High Court will rule today on whether staff at the Tyndall Research Institute at UCC can hold a picket on the college’s main campus this week …” (more)

[BreakingNews.ie, 11 May]

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Abolishing pension levy the priority in public pay talks – Siptu chief

Posted in Governance and administration on May 11th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Abolishing the pension levy should be the priority in talks to restore pay and pensions of public servants, Siptu general president Jack O’Connor has said. ‘I think it is probably the best thing to start with’, he added …” (more)

[Michael O’Regan, Irish Times, 10 May]

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Tyndall strike ‘will not affect exams’

Posted in Governance and administration on May 9th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Striking SIPTU members at UCC’s Tyndall National Institute have maintained that the university’s summer examinations will not be affected by their plans to picket the campus on Wednesday, May 13th …” (more)

[Cork News, 8 May]

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IFUT brands Minister for Education disrespectful after text cancellation of appearance

Posted in Governance and administration on May 9th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“The Irish Federation of University Teachers has said it is extremely disappointed by what it calls the behaviour of the Minister for Education Jan O’Sullivan. It is understood O’Sullivan has cancelled her planned attendance at their annual delegate conference today …” (more)

[BreakingNews.ie, 9 May]

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Ruling on bid to picket UCC due

Posted in Governance and administration on May 9th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“The High Court will rule on Monday on University College Cork’s application for an injunction preventing picketing at some entrances to the main campus next week by employees of a research institute …” (more)

[Aodhan O’Faolain and Niall Murray, Irish Examiner, 9 May]

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