Staff dispute may see €1m added to UCC’s pay bill

Posted in Governance and administration on February 26th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“More than €1m could be added to the annual pay bill at University College Cork if a report on equalising pay at one of its biggest research centres is adopted. Despite recommendations that more than two-thirds of staff receive average increases of €9,000 a year each at the Tyndall National Institute, unions will outline concerns about the job comparison exercise …” (more)

[Niall Murray, Irish Examiner, 26 February]

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Gender equality demonstration held at NUI Galway

Posted in Governance and administration on February 26th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Campaigners for gender equality at NUI Galway, who are seeking promotion of five female lecturers, have staged a demonstration outside a meeting of the university’s academic council …” (more)

[Lorna Siggins, Irish Times, 25 February]

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Staff in UCC threaten strike action

Posted in Governance and administration on February 25th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Academic staff in UCC have threatened to strike over attempts to impose changes to terms for new and promoted staff. A new standard contract, which was proposed by management, was circulated before Christmas to unions, including the Irish Federation of University Teachers (IFUT) which represents almost 400 staff members at the college …” (more)

[Sharron Lynskey, The College View, 25 February]

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NUI Galway Students and Staff to Protest at 81% Male Academic Council Meeting

Posted in Governance and administration on February 24th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“A Demonstration will take place this Wednesday 25th of February at 2.30 pm in the Quadrangle at NUI Galway. The demonstration will take place outside an Academic Council meeting which is the chief academic authority at the university …” (more)

[Micheline’s Three Conditions, 24 February]

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University staff in strike threat over proposed work changes

Posted in Governance and administration on February 12th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Attempts to impose wide changes to terms for new and promoted staff at University College Cork have been met with a threat of industrial action by academic staff …” (more)

[Niall Murray, Irish Examiner, 11 February]

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SIPTU members criticise proposed NUI Galway taskforce into gender discrimination

Posted in Governance and administration on February 10th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“SIPTU members have strongly criticised the procedures surrounding the proposed establishment of a taskforce to investigate gender inequality at NUI Galway, following cases of discrimination at the institution that have been highlighted by the Equality Tribunal …” (more)

[SIPTU, 10 February]

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ICTU: Govt needs to stop ‘talking to themselves’ over public sector pay

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

Ireland“The incoming head of the Irish Congress of Trade Unions says the Government is ‘talking to itself’ over a prospective public sector pay deal. SIPTU Vice President Patricia King – who will lead ICTU from March – says she has had no engagement with the Coalition about a successor to the Croke Park and Haddington Road Agreements …” (more)

[BreakingNews.ie, 21 January]

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NUIG societies back campaign for equality for women lecturers

Posted in Governance and administration on January 20th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Some 25 societies at NUI Galway (NUIG) have backed a new campaign to demand equality for their female lecturers at the university. The campaign, which was endorsed by scientist Dr Micheline Sheehy Skeffington, aims to lobby for equality ‘across the board’ …” (more)

[Lorna Siggins, Irish Times, 20 January]

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NUIG must uphold employee equality rights – Carthy and Ó Clochartaigh

Posted in Governance and administration on January 19th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Sinn Féin Senator Trevor Ó Clochartaigh and his party colleague Matt Carthy MEP are to seek an urgent meeting with the President of NUIG to voice their concerns over equality issues in the university …” (more)

[Sinn Féin, 19 January]

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Academics want new probe on NUIG equality

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

Ireland“Academic staff at NUI Galway have voted for an independent body to be set up to assess equality in the university. SIPTU academic staff voted unanimously for the independent investigation, after raising concerns about equality procedures in the university …” (more)

[Caroline Crawford, Independent, 9 January]

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Siptu calls for external audit of equality at NUI Galway

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

Ireland“Trade union SIPTU has called for an external audit of ‘all aspects’ of equality at NUI Galway (NUIG) by independent experts …” (more)

[Lorna Siggins, Irish Times, 8 January]

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Union chief wants new public-sector pay talks

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

Ireland“The leader of the country’s largest union is calling for fresh talks regarding public-sector pay before the Haddington Road Agreement expires next year …” (more)

[BreakingNews.ie, 4 January]

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Public sector workers shouldn’t expect a pay rise this year

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

Ireland“Taoiseach Enda Kenny has indicated it is unlikely this year that there will be a reversal of the cuts to public sector pay. Speaking to political correspondents in a pre-Christmas briefing, Kenny said economic recovery is the government’s priority …” (more)

[TheJournal.ie, 4 January]

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NUIG Siptu members to vote on equality audit of posts

Posted in Governance and administration on December 11th, 2014 by steve

Ireland“Siptu trade union members on NUI Galway’s academic staff may push for an independent ‘equality audit’ of university posts. About 230 academics who are members of the union will be asked to vote at an ‘emergency’ meeting early January on a motion calling for a ‘comprehensive’ audit throughout the college …” (more)

[Lorna Siggins, Irish Times, 11 December]

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Micheline Sheehy Skeffington: ‘I’m from a family of feminists. I took this case to honour them’

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on December 6th, 2014 by steve

Ireland“The academic has won a landmark Equality Tribunal case against her former employer, NUI Galway, for discrimination in not promoting her. Women know why she took the case. “Men don’t get it”, she says …” (more)

[Rosita Boland, Irish Times, 6 December]

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Men outnumber women in senior university positions by five to one

Posted in Governance and administration on December 3rd, 2014 by steve

Ireland“The number of men in senior academic posts still substantially outnumber women, new research has found. Today’s results showed that while there was an even balance of genders in all positions across higher education, senior teaching posts were dominated by males …” (more)

[TheJournal.ie, 3 December]

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Leinster College teachers and students to protest

Posted in Governance and administration on October 30th, 2014 by steve

Ireland“Teachers and students from Leinster College are to hold a protest in Dublin in the next hour this morning …” (more)

[BreakingNews.ie, 30 October]

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Leinster College students asked to make payments a week before college closure

Posted in Governance and administration on October 30th, 2014 by steve

Ireland“Leinster College students were asked to make payments to clear outstanding debts a week before college closures, the Sunday Business Post has learned …” (more)

[Leanna Byrne, Business Post, 29 October]

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Thousands of students set for City Centre march

Posted in Governance and administration on October 7th, 2014 by steve

Ireland“Between 3,000 and 5,000 students are expected to take part in the Union of Students in Ireland’s protest march tomorrow ahead of next week’s budget announcements …” (more)

[Jack Leahy, University Times, 7 October]

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USI rejects contribution fee proposals

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on September 29th, 2014 by steve

“The President of the Union of Students in Ireland, Laura Harmon, has demanded colleges stop treating students as the soft route to more cash. She has rejected calls for an increase in the student contribution to higher education …” (more)

[Union of Students in Ireland, 29 September]

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