Grassroots effort to end ASTI industrial action is resisted by union leaders

Posted in Teaching on April 27th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“A grassroots move within the ASTI to bring an end to industrial action in schools is being resisted by the union leadership. It is understood that about 500 members of the Association of Secondary Teachers Ireland (ASTI) have so far signed a petition to support a special convention to consider a suspension of all action …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 27 April]

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Latest: Threat of school closures averted as ASTI members vote against strike action

Posted in Teaching on April 20th, 2017 by steve

IrelandUpdate 5.15pm: The threat of secondary school closures next month has been averted after teachers voted against taking more strike action. ASTI delegates spent the day considering a series of one day stoppages in protest over pay levels for new entrants – but the motion was defeated …” (more)

[BreakingNews.ie, 20 April]

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TCD staff vote for strike action over temporary deals for new starters

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

Ireland“Members of the Irish Federation of University Teachers (IFUT) in Trinity College Dublin have voted overwhelmingly in favour of strike action as they seek ‘full discussions’ with the college on employment practices. The staff in the administration, library and support staff categories voted by 27-3 in support of industrial action, including strike action, over plans to make all future appointments in these areas on a temporary-contract basis …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 18 April]

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IFUT vote for strike action over ‘mass casualisation’ in TCD

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

Ireland“Members of IFUT in the Administration, Library and Support Staff categories in Trinity College, Dublin, have voted overwhelmingly in favour of strike action over plans to make all future appointments in these areas on a temporary contract basis …” (more)

[Irish Federation of University Teachers, 17 April]

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ASTI to hold ballot next month on possible industrial action over redundancy

Posted in Teaching on April 14th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The ASTI will ballot next month on possible industrial action in the event that one of its members is threatened with redundancy from September. The ballot will take place between May 8 and 18, ASTI president Ed Byrne said today …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 13 April]

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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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‘This is going to affect my degree. I worked so hard’

Posted in Life on March 28th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“A final-year student is extremely anxious that she may not get her degree if a halt is not called to the Bus Éireann strike soon …” (more)

[Independent, 28 March]

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Students cross a picket line every day

Posted in Life on February 27th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“I grew up surrounded by trade unionists. I distinctly remember seeing a news report about an industrial action on the news when my mother said: ‘If I ever crossed a picket line, my father would turn in his grave’. Her father, my grandfather, was born in inner-city Dublin, and having helped build the ESB coal burning station in Ringsend, went on to work there for decades as a turbine driver …” (more)

[Daire O’Driscoll, Trinity News, 25 February]

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‘No more offers’ warns Minister as teachers’ strike looms

Posted in Teaching on February 2nd, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Minister for Education and Skills Richard Bruton has warned that no further offers will be made to ASTI teachers after they rejected the latest round of proposals. In a ballot of the union’s 18,300 members, ASTI members voted to reject the ‘Outcome of Talks’ proposals aimed at averting strike action by 52.5% to 47.5%, with a turnout of 75% …” (more)

[BreakingNews.ie, 2 February]

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ASTI vote ‘no’ to package on pay restoration and junior cert reform, re-igniting threat of strikes

Posted in Teaching on February 2nd, 2017 by steve

Ireland“ASTI members have rejected the latest package on pay and junior cert reform, re-igniting the threat of disruption in two in three second-level schools. Members of the secondary teachers’ union have voted 52.5 to 47.5 against a document that emerged in discussions before Christmas …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 2 February]

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ASTI teachers face redundancy if deal is rejected

Posted in Governance and administration on January 17th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Some members of the secondary teachers’ union are staring redundancy in the face if the union rejects the latest proposals on pay and junior cycle reform …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 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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Failure to end teachers’ dispute could ‘derail’ State exams

Posted in Governance and administration on November 8th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“A further 100 secondary schools are set to close today as the dispute between the Government and a teachers’ union over pay for new entrants continues. While just over 400 secondary schools closed indefinitely yesterday as a consequence of the Association of Secondary Teachers Ireland’s (ASTI) withdrawal of supervision duties, a further 100 schools are set to close today. More than 250,000 students will be affected …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 8 November]

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Teachers on strike and two-tier pay

Posted in Governance and administration on October 28th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Sir, – The Department of Education’s approach to the Association of Secondary Teachers Ireland (ASTI) strike is at odds with its approach several weeks ago. Then it was asking school managers to hire people to carry out supervision and substitution …” (more)

[Letters, Irish Times, 28 October]

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Warning of exam repeats surge as teachers strike

Posted in Governance and administration on October 23rd, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Parents fear hundreds of extra students will be forced to repeat their Leaving Cert exams next year as a consequence of the impending strike by secondary school teachers. The concerns come as it was revealed that the number of repeats rose by more than 26% in the year after the last ASTI dispute …” (more)

[Wayne O’Connor, Independent, 23 October]

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TUI must cross ASTI picket lines in order to be paid

Posted in Governance and administration on October 19th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“The Teachers’ Union of Ireland is expected to advise members that they will have to cross picket lines put in place by the Association of Secondary Teachers Ireland if they want to be paid …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 19 October]

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Teachers face prospect of having pay stopped in hard-line response to strike threat

Posted in Governance and administration on October 16th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“The Government will dock the pay of thousands of teachers in a hard-line response to the threat of industrial action by the country’s biggest secondary school teachers union, the Sunday Independent can reveal …” (more)

[Philip Ryan and Maeve Sheehan, Independent, 16 October]

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ASTI says secondary schools could face industrial action

Posted in Governance and administration on July 2nd, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Secondary school teachers have indicated that industrial action is likely if they fail to get talks with the Government over issues affecting them, including the ‘substandard’ wages of newly qualified teachers …” (more)

[Elaine Edwards, Irish Times, 2 July]

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Some staff at Queen’s and Ulster University to go on two-day strike

Posted in Governance and administration on May 25th, 2016 by steve

UK“Some staff at Queen’s University and Ulster University are going on a two-day strike over pay. Members of the University and College Union (UCU) at both universities are taking part in the action …” (more)

[Robbie Meredith, BBC News, 25 May]

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