€2,000 pay rise for newly qualified teachers after starting salary cuts

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

Ireland“Thousands of newly qualified teachers who suffered massive cuts to starting salaries are to get a €2,000 pay rise, the Government has said. A deal was reached with the Irish National Teachers’ Organisation (INTO) and the Teachers’ Union of Ireland (TUI) after prolonged campaigns to get recent graduates on to similar pay scales as older staff …” (more)

[Independent, 16 September]

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TUI members to receive €800 pay restoration

Posted in Governance and administration on September 16th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Second-level teachers belonging to the Teachers Union of Ireland are due to receive the first restoration of supervision and substitution payments worth €800 on 13 October. However, members of the Association of Secondary Teachers of Ireland will not received the payment …” (more)

[RTÉ News, 15 September]

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Latest OECD report endorses work of Irish teachers and lecturers

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on September 15th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“The latest OECD international indicators endorse the work of Irish educators and make clear that second level teachers in Ireland work longer hours than their international counterparts. The Education At A Glance 2016 report once again shows that a high proportion of 15 to 19 year-olds remain in education …” (more)

[Teachers’ Union of Ireland, 15 September]

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Minister Bruton responds to Statement from the ASTI

Posted in Teaching on September 5th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Minister Bruton expressed disappointment at the decision of the ASTI to ballot its members on industrial action. The Minister reiterated his genuine belief that continuing dialogue between his Department and the ASTI would be in the best interests of schools, parents, students and teachers as is evidenced by the agreements reached with the INTO and TUI on issues of mutual concern …” (more)

[Department of Education and Skills, 3 September]

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Progress in talks on restoring allowances worth €5,000 to new teachers

Posted in Governance and administration on August 24th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Progress has been reported in talks aimed at restoring annual allowances worth €5,000 to newly qualified teachers – but the Department of Education has been warned that a deal must be done soon …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 24 August]

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TUI warns of industrial action over new teacher pay

Posted in Governance and administration on August 24th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“The Teachers’ Union of Ireland (TUI) has warned that it may take industrial action over pay discrimination against newly recruited teachers. The union on Tuesday expressed its deep frustration over the delay by Government in ‘committing to a clear timeframe for the restoration of allowances for new and recent entrants to teaching’ …” (more)

[Aine McMahon, Irish Times, 23 August]

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Discrimination against recently recruited teachers must end, warns union

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

Ireland“The Teachers’ Union of Ireland (TUI) today expressed its deep frustration over the recent regrettable delay by Government Ministers in committing to a clear timeframe for the restoration of allowances for new and recent entrants to teaching. The union is warning that it may be forced to activate an existing mandate for industrial action should urgent and meaningful progress on this critical issue not be made …” (more)

[Teachers’ Union of Ireland, 23 August]

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New TUI President: Pay parity for new teachers is key priority

Posted in Governance and administration on July 29th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“New Teachers’ Union of Ireland (TUI) President Joanne Irwin has identified income parity for new teachers and lecturers as the key priority of her term of office. Other critical issues on the union’s immediate agenda include the underfunding crisis in Institutes of Technology and insecure employment conditions of those working in the further and adult education sectors …” (more)

[Teachers’ Union of Ireland, 29 July]

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Teacher talks explore restoration of allowances

Posted in Governance and administration on July 28th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“The restoration of allowances for new teachers is being explored in talks between trade unions and Government officials as a way of tackling pay inequality in the teaching profession. These qualification allowances – worth up to €6,000 – were abolished for new entrants in 2012 as part of a series of measures aimed at cutting the public sector pay bill …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien and Martin Wall, Irish Times, 28 July]

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Unions Criticise Loan Option in Cassells Report

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on July 11th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“A coalition of unions across the country have criticised the loan options outlined in the Higher Level funding report released earlier today. Trade Unions including IMPACT, SIPTU, IFUT and TUI have all come out to condemn the proposal, outlined in the Cassells report …” (more)

[Roisin Guyett-Nicholson, University Observer, 11 July]

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Initial TUI response to publication of Report of the Expert Group on Future Funding for Higher Education

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on July 11th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“TUI believes in a free, publicly funded education system – loans system could deter students from participation. TUI favours a publicly funded education system at all levels. Along with the clear educational and social benefits, such a system also makes compelling economic sense, with a significant return on every euro invested …” (more)

[Teachers’ Union of Ireland, 11 July]

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Minister planning new pay talks with teachers

Posted in Governance and administration on July 6th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Public Expenditure Minister Paschal Donohoe is planning talks with teachers’ unions who have signed up to the Lansdowne Road Agreement. Minister Donohoe told the Dáil today that these talks with the INTO and TUI will centre on issues such as the pay of new entrants …” (more)

[BreakingNews.ie, 6 July]

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Hundred of teachers march over pay inequality

Posted in Governance and administration on June 22nd, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Hundreds of young teachers have marched on Leinster House to highlight pay inequality in the profession. Organisers described the gathering as a ‘grassroots protest’ sparked by anger among newly qualified professionals over the two-tier pay gap for public sector teachers …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 21 June]

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TUI expresses major concerns over HEA funding for Institute mergers

Posted in Governance and administration on June 21st, 2016 by steve

Ireland“The Teachers’ Union of Ireland (TUI) has expressed major concerns about the recent decision of the Higher Education Authority (HEA) to fund mergers of Institutes of Technology in advance of any decision on the matter being taken by the Oireachtas …” (more)

[Teachers’ Union of Ireland, 21 June]

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Department of Education to implement pay freezes for ASTI teachers

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

Ireland“The Department of Education is planning to implement pay freezes for members of the Association of Secondary Teachers of Ireland (ASTI) by asking rival union members to sign a consent form to avail of pay increases …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 17 June]

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With a New Alliance Between Unions, Potential For Greater Impact on Funding

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

Ireland“The news that the four largest trade unions in higher education have come together with the Union of Students in Ireland (USI) to form a coalition to campaign for proper state investment in the sector should be welcome news to anyone interested in the future of the sector …” (more)

[University Times, 12 June]

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New Coalition Calls For Bigger Employer Contribution To Higher Education Costs

Posted in Governance and administration on June 8th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“The four biggest trade unions in higher education have joined with the Union of Students in Ireland (USI) to campaign for better public investment in the sector. USI, IFUT, IMPACT, SIPTU and TUI announced their new coalition as they published joint proposals on higher education funding as part of Minister Richard Bruton’s public consultation on an education strategy for 2016-2018 …” (more)

[Irish Federation of University Teachers, 8 June]

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Education sector unions to campaign for investment

Posted in Governance and administration on June 8th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“The four biggest trade unions in higher education have joined forces with the Union of Students in Ireland to campaign for better public investment in the sector. The Irish Federation of University Teachers, the Teachers Union of Ireland, IMPACT and SIPTU announced their new coalition with the USI as they published joint-proposals on higher education funding …” (more)

[RTÉ News, 8 June]

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TUI decision on deal averts all-out war with teachers

Posted in Governance and administration on May 31st, 2016 by steve

Ireland“There’s a fair chance Minister for Education Richard Bruton let out a big sigh of relief on Monday evening. The Teachers’ Union of Ireland’s (TUI) decision to accept a Government deal averts the prospect of all-out war with teachers. It also means the Lansdowne Road agreement – which has been creaking under the weight of calls for pay restoration – can be taped back together for now …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 31 May]

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Teachers Union of Ireland votes in favour of working extra hours

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

Ireland“Major divisions have opened up within secondary schools after the Teachers Union of Ireland (TUI) voted to continue working additional hours what were introduced in the austerity era. The vote means members of the union – which represents about one-in-three teachers – stand to benefit from pay increments and new payments for supervision and substitution from this autumn …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 30 May]

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