Ulster University ‘must pay over £1m to former staff’

Posted in Legal issues on December 6th, 2017 by steve

“Ulster University (UU) has been told to pay out an estimated total of at least £1m to 143 former members of its staff. An industrial tribunal has ruled that each ex-employee should receive the equivalent of 90 days’ salary. It found UU was guilty of a ‘serious failure to consult’ with their union over redundancies in April 2016 …” (more)

[BBC News, 6 December]

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Public Sector Staff Remuneration – Union Membership

Posted in Governance and administration on June 30th, 2016 by steve

IrelandFrank O’Rourke (Kildare North, Fianna Fail): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills how he will treat non-union members with regards to the announced pay cuts and withholding of payments and increments from Association of Secondary Teachers of Ireland members, who are now outside of the Lansdowne Road Agreement, LRA; if he will consider non-union teachers as having accepted or rejected the LRA; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 28 June]

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Majority of union and lobby group bosses refuse to disclose salaries

Posted in Governance and administration on November 24th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“… All of the main teaching organisations were happy to disclose either salaries or pay scales. TUI general secretary John MacGabhann earns between €127,796 and €146,191; INTO general secretary Sheila Nunan is paid between €119,381 and €136,276; while ASTI general secretary Pat King is on a salary of €134,000. Irish Federation of University Teachers general secretary Mike Jennings is on a salary of between €78,321 and €103,261. In stark contrast …” (more)

[Shane Phelan and others, Independent, 24 November]

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Merger of second-level unions moves step closer

Posted in Governance and administration on April 23rd, 2014 by steve

“A merger of two of the country’s second-level teaching unions appears to have moved a step closer, after the leaders of both groups said the current separation was ‘absurd and certainly wasteful’ and one voted in favour of entering talks on the deal …” (more)

[Niall Murray and Fiachra Ó Cionnaith, Irish Examiner, 23 April]

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TUI hint at ASTI merger

Posted in Governance and administration on April 22nd, 2014 by steve

“The Teachers Union of Ireland General Secretary John MacGabhann has said it is time to seriously consider merging with the Association of Secondary Teachers in Ireland …” (more)

[BreakingNews.ie, 22 April]

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Whose picket line is it anyway?

Posted in Governance and administration on April 22nd, 2014 by steve

“As ordinary teachers get set for summer term this week, a fight in their name is going on at teacher conferences in Kilkenny and Wexford. At the Easter gatherings, teachers will find themselves either defending their union or, like St Peter, thrice denying their masters …” (more)

[Louise Holden, Irish Times, 22 April]

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The future of Teacher Trade Unions

Posted in Teaching on April 21st, 2014 by steve

“It’s time for the Annual Conventions of the teachers’ unions but I’m going to avoid the issues under debate and talk about some broader ideas that, as I see it, should be examined at the heart of Teacher Trade Unionism. With some luck we might discuss them on the edges of the Conventions …” (more)

[levdavidovic, 21 April]


New Technological Universities Bill should provide for input from local authority reps: Education Committee Report

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on April 17th, 2014 by steve

“The governing bodies of soon-to-be-established Technological Universities (TUs) should include an elected member of each of the local authorities in the principal catchment area of the University, according to an Oireachtas Committee report …” (more, download)

[Houses of the Oireachtas, 17 April]

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Haddington Road Agreement Issues – Non-membership of Trade Union

Posted in Governance and administration on July 3rd, 2013 by steve

Deputy Niall Collins asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the method by which a public servant who is not a member of a Trade Union can cast a ballot on the Haddington Road Agreement; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil Éireann Written Answers, 2 July]

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Power of unions has crumbled with rise of HR

Posted in Governance and administration on January 17th, 2013 by steve

“It’s not that long ago that people used to ‘down tools’ routinely over changes in the workplace: the shop steward would be called in for talks with management before any work could resume …” (more)

[Joe Humphreys, Irish Times, 17 January]

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