Union’s view of feeder school lists

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on December 10th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Sir, – Lists of so-called ‘feeder schools’ promote a view that educational success is solely dependent on students achieving entry to third-level courses that require high points …” (more)

[Joanne Irwin, Irish Times, 10 December]

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PISA findings a major endorsement of Irish teachers and students – TUI

Posted in Teaching on December 6th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“The Teachers’ Union of Ireland (TUI) has described the findings of the PISA 2015 study as an endorsement of the high quality work of Irish teachers and students at a time of hugely damaging cuts to education. In all three areas which were examined, the scores of Irish students were significantly above the OECD average …” (more)

[Teachers’ Union of Ireland, 6 December]

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‘Grave concern’ for future of two GMIT campuses

Posted in Governance and administration on December 2nd, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Galway Mayo Institute of Technology’s two rural campuses face the threat of closure due to Government underfunding, a trade union has warned. The Teachers’ Union of Ireland (TUI) said it is ‘gravely concerned’ by continued funding cuts to the Institute of Technology sector …” (more)

[Dara Bradley, Connacht Tribune, 2 December]

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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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CIT staff seek to step up industrial action

Posted in Governance and administration on October 14th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Cork Institute of Technology lecturers are seeking to be allowed step up industrial action as management plans to merge with another college despite no legal requirement to do so …” (more)

[Niall Murray, Irish Examiner, 14 October]

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Budget 2017 does little to reverse effects of several years of austerity cuts

Posted in Governance and administration on October 11th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Over several years, cutbacks have inflicted severe damage on the educational experience of students and the career prospects of recently qualified teachers. Today’s Budget moves a very small distance towards reversing some of the cutbacks, but considerable additional investment must be made if the stated aim of the country’s education system becoming the best in Europe in a decade is to become anything more than an impossible pipedream …” (more)

[Joanne Irwin, Teachers’ Union of Ireland, 11 October]

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Fear and loathing on campus: bullying at Irish universities

Posted in Legal issues on October 11th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Is bullying and harassment rife at Irish universities? These institutions are spending millions of euro on legal fees to deal with allegations by staff of bullying, harassment and discrimination, particularly on gender grounds …” (more)

[Peter McGuire, Irish Times, 11 October]

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TUI members at WIT protest at lack of academic calender

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

Ireland“Lecturers at Waterford Institute of Technology are to begin public protests at the Cork Road Campus from today. The members of the Teachers’ Union of Ireland are making the move …” (more)

[WLR FM, 27 Sepember]

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DkIT academics may strike over underfunding crisis

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

Ireland“Dundalk IT’s academic staff will ballot for strike action this week in opposition to the underfunding of the Institute of Technology sector. DkIT has suffered a 36% cut in funding since 2007 while student numbers have risen by over 30% during the same period. Recruitment restrictions have also seen workloads intensify while staffing levels have dropped by 10% …” (more)

[Talk of the Town, 24 September]

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Funding and third-level league tables

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

Ireland“Sir, – League tables demonstrate a consistent blind spot in failing to recognise the value of the work being done every day against great odds by Irish third-level institutions, particularly institutes of technology …” (more)

[Joanne Irwin, Irish Times, 23 September]

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Deal to increase new teachers’ salaries leads to new more gaps

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

Ireland“Agreement does not apply to ASTI and may result in industrial action by Christmas. The deal to end lower salaries for recently recruited teachers will significantly widen the pay gap between many teachers – some working side-by-side in the same schools …” (more)

[Martin Wall, Irish Times, 17 September]

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€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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