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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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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