Unions criticise NUIG research contracts and creche changes

Posted in Governance and administration on May 5th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Unions at NUIG are reporting discontent over the treatment of researchers on temporary contracts and the university’s handling of a change in management of its creche. NUIG has confirmed that 239 people are employed on contracts of indefinite duration …” (more)

[Lorna Siggins, Irish Times, 5 May]

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UCC to take legal action over dispute at Tyndall

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

Ireland“University College Cork is to take legal proceedings in a bid to prevent unions for placing pickets on its campus. Members of trade unions IFUT and SIPTU at the Tyndall research institute are engaged in industrial action at the college in a row over pay parity …” (more)

[BreakingNews.ie, 1 May]

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Third Level Staff Remuneration – Tyndall Institute

Posted in Governance and administration on May 1st, 2015 by steve

IrelandDeputy Ciarán Lynch asked the Minister for Education and Skills if she will authorise the implementation of the agreed rates for jobs in an institute (details supplied); and if she will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil Éireann Written Answers, 30 April]

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Staff at Tyndall institute strike over pay

Posted in Governance and administration on May 1st, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Around 100 researchers, engineers, administration, technical and IT staff at one of the country’s leading research institutions have gone on strike for a third time as a result of an ongoing pay dispute …” (more)

[RTÉ News, 1 May]

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SIPTU members to strike at Tyndall National Institute in UCC

Posted in Governance and administration on April 30th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“SIPTU members at the Tyndall National Institute, University College Cork (UCC) will undertake three days of work stoppages in May, beginning tomorrow (Friday, 1st May), during which pickets will be placed on entrances to the facility from 7.00 am to 5.00 pm …” (more)

[SIPTU, 30 April]

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Gender equality high court case begins as campaign raises €2000 in 2 weeks to support 5 women lecturers

Posted in Legal issues on April 30th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Four of the five female lecturers who were passed over for promotion in 2009 along with Dr Micheline Sheehy Skeffington have now submitted papers to the high court. The papers have also been served on the president of NUI Galway, Dr Jim Browne …” (more)

[Micheline’s Three Conditions, 30 April]

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Four female lecturers at NUI Galway initiate High Court case against college

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on April 30th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Female lecturers who were passed over for promotion at NUI, Galway have initiated a High Court case against the college. Four of the five women who were shortlisted for promotion along with Dr Micheline Sheehy Skeffington only to be passed over are taking the case …” (more)

[Caroline Crawford, Independent, 30 April]

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Unions back female NUIG lecturers in court actions over promotions

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on April 30th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Four female lecturers at NUI Galway (NUIG) have secured trade union backing for two court challenges which they are pursuing over lack of promotion. The Irish Federation of University Teachers (IFUT) and Siptu have pledged support for the cases …” (more)

[Lorna Siggins, Irish Times, 30 April]

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Staff at Tyndall National Institute in Cork to strike next month

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

Ireland“Members of two trade unions at the Tyndall National Institute in Cork are to strike next month over claims that colleagues in University College Cork (UCC) are being paid more for doing similar work. The picket by members of Siptu and the Irish Federation of University Teachers (IFUT) will be the second strike in an ongoing dispute …” (more)

[Colin Gleeson, Irish Times, 24 April]

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Brendan Howlin: Pay talks to benefit low-paid workers

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

Ireland“Low-paid workers will be the major beneficiaries from the forthcoming talks on restoring public service pay, the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform Brendan Howlin has said. However he warned that pay restoration would involve continued staff co-operation with reforms …” (more)

[Martin Wall, Irish Times, 23 April]

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Howlin urged to tell Cabinet colleagues to manage their expectations for pay talks

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

Ireland“Another senior union official will today rule out additional productivity or reforms in return for pay restoration in the public service …” (more)

[Martin Wall, Irish Times, 3 April]

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Third Level Staff: NUIG and Gender Equality

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

IrelandLorraine Higgins (Labour): I am raising the approach of the National University of Ireland Galway, NUIG, to gender among its academic ranks. The Minister of State may be aware that in December 2014, an NUIG academic, Dr Micheline Sheehy Skeffington, won an Equality Tribunal case against the university for discrimination on the basis of gender in the 2009 round of promotions to senior lecturer. Dr Sheehy Skeffington is the first female academic to have achieved this outcome in Ireland …” (more)

[Seanad debates, 15 April]

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NCAD staff members critical of management

Posted in Governance and administration on April 15th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“A group of staff members at the National College of Art and Design have expressed no confidence in the leadership of the college. At a meeting this afternoon, they overwhelmingly supported a motion expressing no confidence in the ability of senior management to plan for the long-term fiscal and academic future of the college …” (more)

[RTÉ News, 15 April]

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Minister for Education washing her hands on NUIG Equality issues – Ó Clochartaigh

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

Ireland“Sinn Féin Senator, Trevor Ó Clochartaigh, has expressed disappointment that the Task Force on Equality set up by NUIG has snubbed unions, students’ and workers’ representatives by not consulting, or including them …” (more)

[Sinn Féin, 26 March]

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Staff at NCAD issue letter of support to students

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

Ireland“Staff at the National College of Art and Design issued a letter of support to students after they staged a mass sit-in at the college yesterday. Some 40 staff members signed the letter of solidarity addressed to the students …” (more)

[Laura Colgan, The College View, 25 March]

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Siptu members told to boycott NUIG gender equality taskforce

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

Ireland“Academics affiliated to trade union Siptu at NUI Galway (NUIG) have been directed not to cooperate with the university’s new taskforce on gender equality, which has promised a report by ‘no later than spring 2016′. Siptu’s academic section has also said it is lodging a ‘formal dispute’ with NUIG …” (more)

[Lorna Siggins, Irish Times, 24 March]

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Bruton: Public sector ‘pay recovery’ depends on spending constraints

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

Ireland“The Jobs Minister Richard Bruton says there will be a ‘pay recovery’ in the public sector, but it will depend on how much money is available to the Government. It comes after Siptu President Jack O’Connor said over the weekend that he expects pay rises in the public sector as unions prepare to sit down with the Government in May …” (more)

[BreakingNews.ie, 23 March]

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SIPTU members in Waterford IT catering service ballot on strike action

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

Ireland“SIPTU members employed to provide catering services at Waterford Institute of Technology (WIT) will commence a ballot this evening (Wednesday, 4th March), for strike action in a dispute over pay and conditions …” (more)

[SIPTU, 4 March]

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Gender balance in academia

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

Ireland“Sir, – Catherine McGuinness (‘Why women fail to take an equal share of top posts in academia’, Opinion & Analysis, February 19th) suggests that NUI Galway is taking the lead in addressing gender discrimination. Unfortunately, Siptu members at the college do not share her confidence …” (more)

[Letters from Shivaun Quinlivan and Pat O’Connor, Irish Times, 2 March]

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NUI Galway approves membership of gender equality taskforce

Posted in Governance and administration on February 28th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“NUI Galway (NUIG) has approved the full membership of its taskforce on gender equality, following last year’s Equality Tribunal discrimination ruling in favour of scientist Dr Micheline Sheehy Skeffington …” (more)

[Lorna Siggins, Irish Times, 28 February]

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