New agreement will benefit hundreds of lecturing staff trapped in temporary employment limbo, says IFUT

Posted in Governance and administration on May 12th, 2018 by steve

“New arrangements have been today (Thurs May 10th) formally agreed between the Irish University Association and the university based trade unions to address long-standing staffing issues dealt with in the 2016 Cush Report. General Secretary of the Irish Federation of University Teachers (IFUT), Joan Donegan, welcomed the ‘significant progress related to employment contracts and terms and conditions for hundreds of university lecturers employed on temporary contracts and occasional hours’ …” (more)

[Irish Federation of University Teachers, 10 May]

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Don’t Expand Temporary Contracts in Universities, Says Mitchell O’Connor

Posted in Governance and administration on December 15th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The use of temporary contracts in Irish universities should be discouraged, the Minister of State for Higher Education, Mary Mitchell O’Connor, has said in an interview with The University Times. In recent years, universities have started to explore and expand the use of temporary contracts for academic staff. But the government, Mitchell O’Connor said, ‘certainly don’t want them increasing them’ …” (more)

[Dominic McGrath, University Times, 14 December]

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Event in solidarity with National Adjunct Walk-out Day – 25 February Teachers’ Club

Posted in Governance and administration on February 20th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Feb 25th marks the first National Adjunct Walkout Day in the US whereby temporary academics across the country are walking out of their workplaces in protest over their poor pay and working conditions …” (more)

[Third Level Workplace Watch, 19 February]

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University league tables

Posted in Governance and administration on October 7th, 2014 by steve

Ireland“Sir, – The latest Times Higher Education league table finds that most Irish universities have dropped down the league table. One of the causes for this downgrading is perhaps being missed. There are increasing levels of employee apartheid in many Irish universities …” (more)

[Edward Horgan, Irish Times, 7 October]

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Government’s recruitment policy for researchers is illegal, lecturers’ union says

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on April 16th, 2011 by steve

“The government’s policy on the recruitment of new university researchers is illegal, the trade union representing university lecturers has claimed …” (more)

[TheJournal.ie, 16 April]

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University employment practice criticised

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on April 16th, 2011 by steve

“The Irish Federation of University Teachers has said the Government is operating an illegal policy on hiring new researchers. The Irish Federation of University Teachers has said the Government is operating an illegal policy on hiring new researchers …” (more)

[RTÉ News, 16 April]

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Minister for Education must tackle breach of European and Irish law by universities, says IFUT

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on April 16th, 2011 by steve

“The Minister for Education, Ruairí Quinn, TD, should move to protect the rights of thousands of researchers, librarians and other staff who are being placed on temporary contracts by universities, in violation of European Directives and related legislation here in Ireland, the General Secretary of the Irish Federation of University Teachers (IFUT), Mike Jennings, states in an address to be delivered to IFUT’s Annual Conference in Dublin today …” (more)

[Irish Federation of University Teachers, 16 April]

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Casualisation of University Jobs

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on April 16th, 2011 by steve

“Interesting and by all accounts true – young PhD’s cannot get a full time position yet the department of education is approving appointments of profs at €130k+ …” (discussion thread)

[Politics.ie, 16 April]

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Universities accused of breaking the law by putting staff on temp contracts

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on April 16th, 2011 by steve

“Some Irish universities are being accused of breaking the law by putting their researchers, librarians and other staff on temporary contracts. The Irish Federation of University Teachers, which holds its annual conference today, says up to four thousand academics on temporary contracts should – by law – have permanent positions …” (more, audio clip)

[Newstalk, 16 April]

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