‘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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University lecturers to strike on May 25 and 26 over pay

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

UK“Lecturers at the north’s universities are to go on strike for two days next week as part of a pay dispute. Lecturers at Queen’s University, Stranmillis and St Mary’s university colleges, the Open University and Ulster University will take part in the industrial action …” (more)

[Claire Simpson, Irish News, 19 May]

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Strike action on the cards at GMIT amid job loss fears

Posted in Governance and administration on May 13th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Up to 100 staff at GMIT could be balloted for strike action amid fears that the IT intends to cut jobs as a result of budget deficits. It follows the revelation in recent weeks that an assessment by an independent consultant proposed that 22 staff be let go during the current academic year …” (more)

[Galway Bay FM, 12 May]

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Low paid civil servants warn they’ll strike unless full pay is restored

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

Ireland“Delegates at the Civil Public and Services Union (CPSU) annual conference in Killarney passed a motion this afternoon threatening the possibility of industrial action if full pay is not restored when the Lansdowne road agreement ceases …” (more)

[Graham Clifford, Independent, 22 April]

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Education minister says it’s not up to her to deal with teacher strike plans

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

Ireland“Minister for Education Jan O’Sullivan has said that responsibility for dealing with a planned strike by second-level teachers falls with the next government …” (more)

[TheJournal.ie, 18 March]

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Education minister says ASTI cannot justifiy threatened strike action

Posted in Governance and administration on March 18th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Education Minister Jan O’Sullivan has described the threat of one-day strike action by the Association of Secondary Teachers Ireland (ASTI) over Junior Cycle reform as unwarranted and regressive …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 17 March]

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ASTI planning wave of one-day strikes in secondary schools in opposition to Junior Cert reform

Posted in Governance and administration on March 17th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“ASTI members objecting to Junior Cert changes are now planning a wave of one-day strikes that will close up to 500 schools, forcing 250,000 students to stay a home …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 16 March]

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