Dundalk IT staff consider strike over understaffing and overcrowded classrooms

Posted in Governance and administration on October 30th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Lecturers at Dundalk Institute of Technology (DkIT) are considering a strike as the Teachers’ Union of Ireland (TUI) ballots members on industrial action due to understaffing and overcrowded classrooms. The industrial action follows discussions with management regarding understaffing, according to Chairperson of the DkIT branch of TUI, Kenneth Sloane …” (more)

[Yasmin Mello, Trinity News, 30 October]

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Student graduations may be disrupted due to industrial action

Posted in Governance and administration on October 22nd, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Graduation ceremonies for thousands of students could face disruption as a result of industrial action being taken by staff in institutes of technology across the country. Library, clerical and administrative staff at the State’s 14 institutes of technology have not been engaging in any form of communication …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien and Martin Wall, Irish Times, 22 October]

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Teacher strikes possible for pay restoration

Posted in Governance and administration on September 26th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Ballots on the deal will be under way by October 10 among more than 70,000 members of the three main teacher unions, despite Finance Minister Paschal Donohoe’s insistence that there is no further funding to 2020 to improve the reduced pay for those who joined the public service after 2010 …” (more)

[Niall Murray, Irish Examiner, 26 September]

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Strike-hit Ulster University students may have marks increased

Posted in Teaching on June 13th, 2018 by steve

“Some students at Ulster University (UU) could have exam marks increased if they have been affected by strike action, the BBC reports. Due to strike action by the University and College Union (UCU) a number of classes at UU were cancelled earlier this year …” (more)

[Belfast Telegraph, 13 June]

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TUI to hold lunchtime protest over pay discrimination

Posted in Governance and administration on May 14th, 2018 by steve

“The Executive Committee of the Teachers’ Union of Ireland (TUI) has expressed its frustration and serious concern at the pace of progress in resolving the issue of pay equality for public servants recruited since 2011. The Union already has a mandate for a campaign of industrial action, up to and including strike action, on this issue …” (more)

[Teachers’ Union of Ireland, 14 May]

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TUI members in Institutes of Technology vote to engage in campaign of industrial action over second ‘flex’ hour

Posted in Governance and administration on April 19th, 2018 by steve

“Members of the Teachers’ Union of Ireland (TUI) in the Institute of Technology sector have voted overwhelmingly in a national ballot (by a margin of 96% to 4%) to engage in a campaign of industrial action over unsustainable workload …” (more)

[Teachers’ Union of Ireland, 19 April]

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University staff suspend strikes over pensions

Posted in Governance and administration on April 13th, 2018 by steve

“University staff have suspended strikes which were set to hit summer exams after agreeing to fresh pension plans. Planned changes to staff pensions prompted 14 days of strike action at 64 universities in February and March, and more strikes were planned …” (more)

[Hannah Richardson, BBC News, 13 April]

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UCU at Ulster Committee ballot guidance for members

Posted in Governance and administration on April 13th, 2018 by steve

“We apologise for not arranging a members’ meeting to discuss the ballot which closes this Friday. The timing was unfortunate for us given Ulster University closes during Easter week. In the absence of a meeting, we are instead publishing our thoughts through our social media channels …” (more)

[UCU, 12 April]

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Striking, social media, and building a better university

Posted in Life on March 31st, 2018 by steve

“During the past term, I was on strike for fourteen days and I’m now on ‘action short of a strike’ and, like my colleagues up and down the UK, I’m waiting to vote in a consultative e-ballot next week that may determine whether we reach a settlement with the employers and go back to work. But this post isn’t about the rights and wrongs of the dispute, it is about what it has felt like to be on strike – the highs and the lows – and about how the shared desire for a better university that has emerged …” (more)

[Chris Bertram, Crooked Timber, 31 March]

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Institutes of technology could be hit by strikes

Posted in Governance and administration on March 31st, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Institutes of technology could face disruption as lecturers are being balloted on industrial action up to strikes over delays to a review of their duties and workload. The Teachers’ Union of Ireland (TUI) leadership is recommending that its 4,000 members at the 14 institutes of technology vote in favour of action …” (more)

[Niall Murray, Irish Examiner, 31 March]

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Some notes on the USS strikes

Posted in Life on March 17th, 2018 by steve

“Since we have come to the end of an unprecedented four weeks of striking across many UK universities, I thought it was worth setting down some thoughts. Although I was nervous about the strikes as they began, I found that the last few weeks have changed completely how I think about my job …” (more)

[Niamh Cullen, 16 March]

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Message to members following phase 1 of USS strike action

Posted in Governance and administration on March 16th, 2018 by steve

“Hi all, now that the strikes are over (for now) I just want to record my thanks to all of you for all your support throughout the strike period. We have surpassed all expectations and have had pickets on every campus, at every entrance, every day. We have had staff from across the university, at every level, from every school or department, striking with us and have been supported by our students and the Student’s Union. We have shown that we are united, principled and can influence decision making at the highest level …” (more)

[UCU@Ulster, 16 March]

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University strikers reject pension deal

Posted in Governance and administration on March 13th, 2018 by steve

“University strikers have turned down an agreement reached by university union leaders and employers to end the pensions dispute. It means the strike will continue – with threats to final year exams and assessments in the summer term …” (more)

[Sean Coughlan, BBC News, 13 March]

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Striking university staff irate over pensions deal

Posted in Governance and administration on March 13th, 2018 by steve

“Striking university staff have expressed anger and widespread opposition to a deal struck by their own leaders to bring an end to a bitter dispute over pensions. The proposed agreement between the University and College Union (UCU) and employers represented by Universities UK (UUK) was reached on Monday night after six days of talks at the conciliation service Acas and three weeks of strike action …” (more)

[Sally Weale, Guardian, 13 March]

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University strikes may be called off after talks lead to new proposals

Posted in Governance and administration on March 13th, 2018 by steve

“Strikes by university staff, which have caused widespread disruption on campuses across the UK in a bitter dispute over pensions, could be suspended later this week after a breakthrough in talks. Employers and union leaders have agreed a revised proposal to reform pensions, which – if endorsed by all parties – will be introduced as part of a three-year transitional arrangement …” (more)

[Sally Weale, Guardian, 12 March]

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Queen’s University students won’t be compensated over strike

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on March 10th, 2018 by steve

“Queen’s University Belfast will not compensate students whose courses have been disrupted by strike action. That is according to an email from the acting vice-chancellor to all students …” (more)

[Robbie Meredith, BBC News, 10 March]

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University strikes: Students set to receive ‘direct compensation’ over lectures missed due to action, minister says

Posted in Governance and administration on February 28th, 2018 by steve

“At least one university is ‘looking at direct compensation’ for students facing disruption due to ongoing strike action, universities minister Sam Gyimah has revealed. Tens of thousands of students have signed petitions demanding refunds for lost university lectures and classes …” (more)

[Eleanor Busby, Independent, 28 February]

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University dispute: More talks but strikes continue

Posted in Governance and administration on February 28th, 2018 by steve

“The two sides in the university pensions dispute have agreed to mediation by the conciliation service Acas – but the strikes will continue. Staff at 61 universities have walked out over planned cuts to their pensions, with a further three due to join the action next week …” (more)

[Judith Burns, BBC News, 27 February]

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Open letter to Ulster University VC, Paddy Nixon

Posted in Governance and administration on February 27th, 2018 by steve

“Dear Professor Nixon, As you are aware UCU members at Ulster University are taking industrial action to defend their USS pension. We stand together with 64 other universities across the UK in demanding a fairer deal. As we enter a fourth strike day tomorrow and Universities UK (UUK) meet with our UCU national negotiators (27th Feb) …” (more)

[Tracy Irwin, UCU, 26 February]

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Lecturers at Magee to strike this week

Posted in Governance and administration on February 26th, 2018 by steve

“There have been calls for the people of Derry to support striking university lecturers. Lecturers at Magee are set to go on strike this week in response to plans by University bosses across the UK, including at Ulster University, to slash contributory pensions which workers have been paying into …” (more)

[Highland Radio News, 26 February]

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