New TUI President: Injustice of pay inequality must end now

Posted in Governance and administration on July 24th, 2018 by steve

“The campaign for pay equality for teachers and lecturers appointed since 2011 will remain the key campaign of the Teachers’ Union of Ireland (TUI) until the issue is resolved, according to new President Seamus Lahart. Other key issues on the agenda include damage caused by underfunding in the Institutes of Technology …” (more)

[Teachers’ Union of Ireland, 24 July]

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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 may face hefty financial settlement over ‘poaching’ claims

Posted in Governance and administration on May 7th, 2018 by steve

“The Teachers’ Union of Ireland (TUI) may end up paying hundreds of thousands of euro to a rival union following allegations it ‘poached’ more than 1,000 members. This follows an investigation into allegations by the Association of Secondary Teachers Ireland (ASTI) that many of its members were recruited by the TUI during an industrial dispute last year …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien and Martin Wall, Irish Times, 7 May]

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Lecturers to take action over ‘unsustainable’ burden of work

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

Ireland“Lecturers in institutes of technology have voted in large numbers to begin a campaign of industrial action over ‘unsustainable’ workloads. From next September, lecturers who are members of the Teachers’ Union of Ireland say they will cease working an additional hour a week, on top of their weekly norm …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 19 April]

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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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Bruton refuses to reveal penalties for teachers who strike over pay structure

Posted in Governance and administration on April 5th, 2018 by steve

“Education Minister Richard Bruton has declined to say what penalties, if any, teachers will face should they strike over the lower-pay structure for post-2011 recruits. On Tuesday, Mr Bruton warned the public service pay deal had provisions that allowed the imposition of pay freezes and other penalties if industrial action in breach of that agreement were to take place …” (more)

[Joe Leogue, Irish Examiner, 5 April]

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TUI backs industrial action campaign if talks fail on pay equality

Posted in Governance and administration on April 4th, 2018 by steve

“Delegates attending the Teachers’ Union of Ireland (TUI) annual conference gave a standing ovation to a group of teachers appointed after 2011 who told of their experiences of receiving €6,000 or €7,000 per year less than long-serving colleagues working alongside them in their schools. They outlined the impact this had on their ability to buy houses or get married …” (more)

[Martin Wall, Irish Times, 3 April]

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Schools could face shutdown in row over ‘two-tier’ pay

Posted in Governance and administration on April 3rd, 2018 by steve

“Teachers are giving the Government a month to produce a commitment to end two-tier pay rates – or strike ballots that could close schools in the autumn will go ahead. As the three teachers’ unions gather at their annual conferences, the mood is hardening for an early deal to eliminate lower salary scales for new entrants …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 3 April]

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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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Lecturers in Institutes of Technology ballot for industrial action

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

“Staff in Institutes of Technology across the country are balloting for industrial action in a dispute over working hours. The Teachers’ Union of Ireland (TUI) said on Friday that the workload of academic staff in the Institute of Technology sector had ‘long since exceeded reasonable levels and was now completely unsustainable’ …” (more)

[Martin Wall, Irish Times, 30 March]

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Students in institutes of technology may face cut in lecture hours over academics’ workload row

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

“Students in institutes of technology may be facing a cut in lecturing hours from September in a row over workload for academics. About 4,000 lecturers are currently being balloted on industrial action, and a ‘yes’ vote could result in disruption in the next academic year …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 30 March]

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Union says workload in Institutes of Technology ‘unsustainable’

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

“The underfunding of third level education has led to an ‘unsustainable’ workload for academic staff in the Institute of Technology sector, the Teachers’ Union of Ireland (TUI) has warned. The union says teachers’ workload ‘has long since exceeded reasonable levels’ and has led to ‘significant levels’ of work-related stress among academic staff resulting in the provision of an impaired service to students …” (more)

[Irish Times, 30 March]

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Teachers to oppose changes to exams

Posted in Teaching on March 7th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Parents, students and universities have given broad support to a system of continuous assessment for the Leaving Cert – but teachers are opposed. The views were aired at a meeting of the Oireachtas Education Committee to consider whether a change would reduce high levels of student stress blamed on the current exam model …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 7 March]

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Leaving Cert leads to ‘devastating’ stress among students

Posted in Teaching on March 7th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“The way the Leaving Cert is structured is maximising stress on students and leading to crippling levels of anxiety, parents’ representatives have claimed. The National Parents Council Post-Primary said high-stakes, one-off exams can be ‘brutal instruments’ and fail to properly assess student’s overall performance and learning during their time at school …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 6 March]

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Call for investment in Leaving Cert

Posted in Teaching on March 7th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Significant investment in maintaining standards will be vital if more assessment methods are used for the Leaving Certificate, TDs and senators have heard. Lewis Purser, Irish Universities Association director of academic affairs, told the Oireachtas Education Committee that good practice of teachers regularly assessing their students is often sacrificed by the preparation required for the Leaving Certificate’s high-stakes format …” (more)

[Niall Murray, Irish Examiner, 7 March]

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Numbers entering teaching ‘collapsing’ due to low pay, unions claim

Posted in Governance and administration on November 29th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“There has been a collapse in the number of people applying to study for qualifications to become second level teachers due to pay inequality, education sector unions claim. In a joint submission to the Public Service Pay Commission on Wednesday, the Teachers’ Union of Ireland (TUI), the Association of Secondary Teachers Ireland (ASTI) and the Irish National Teachers’ Organisation (INTO) argued that pay inequality in the profession had created a recruitment and retention crisis in teaching …” (more)

[Martin Wall, Irish Times, 29 November]

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Public Service Pay and Pensions Bill undermines union rights

Posted in Governance and administration on November 22nd, 2017 by steve

Ireland“A chara, – The silence from the trade union movement in response to the publication of the Public Service Pay and Pensions Bill 2017 is remarkable. This legislation, which will be debated in the Dáil this week, gives effect to the Public Services Stability Agreement (PSSA). It will compound and continue pay inequality for post-2011 public servants …” (more)

[Jana Lyons and others, Irish Times, 22 November]

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TUI calls for application of corporation tax levy to highlight higher education funding crisis

Posted in Governance and administration on October 4th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Ahead of next week’s Budget, the Teachers’ Union of Ireland (TUI) is calling for the application of an additional 1% levy to corporation tax to create a dedicated fund for investment in higher education. The union has highlighted how such a measure would have raised an additional €588m in funding for the sector in 2016 …” (more)

[Teachers’ Union of Ireland, 4 October]

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IT Lecturers protest over funding for third level

Posted in Governance and administration on September 28th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Lecturers at the Institutes of Technology in Sligo and Letterkenny are staging protests this lunchtime over funding. The demonstrations are being held at ITs right around the country at the same time as a similar protest outside the Higher Education Authority offices in Dublin where members of the TUI will march to the Dail …” (more)

[Ocean FM, 27 September]

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LIT lecturers protest over damage caused by funding crisis

Posted in Governance and administration on September 27th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Limerick Institute of Technology lecturers today staged a lunchtime protest outside their place of work over the funding crisis facing their sector. The protests were organised by the Teachers’ Union of Ireland (TUI), which represents over 4,000 lecturing and research staff in Institutes of Technology …” (more)

[BreakingNews.ie, 27 September]

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