Staff unpaid as fears rise over college’s fate

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

Ireland“Up to 28 staff at a language school have not been paid amid fears it has closed down. The union representing some of the teachers at Grafton College in Portobello, Dublin appealed to the Department of Education to step in and ‘not to wash its hands of this’ just weeks before Christmas …” (more)

[Laura Lynott, Independent, 3 December]

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Working conditions for archaeologists

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

Ireland“Sir, – The Department of Archaeology in University College Cork wishes to express strong support for the position currently being taken by the trade union Unite in seeking better pay and working conditions for commercial archaeologists in Ireland (‘Archaeologists seek “appropriate” pay after site walk-off’, News, July 9th) …” (more)

[William O’Brien, Irish Times, 30 July]

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Trinity staff seek WRC mediation on change to working conditions

Posted in Governance and administration, Research on May 1st, 2018 by steve

“Academic staff in TCD are seeking intervention by the Workplace Relations Commission to mediate a solution on proposed changes to the academic year and holiday arrangements that will seriously impact on time available for research work. The changes, part of the new Trinity Education Project, impact on holiday arrangements and affect staff represented by IFUT, SIPTU and Unite unions …” (more)

[Irish Federation of University Teachers, 30 April]

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Closure of Limerick language school affects 150 foreign students

Posted in Governance and administration on March 23rd, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Almost 150 foreign students and 10 staff members have been affected by the closure of a Limerick language school which lost its accreditation following an inspection by immigration authorities. Trade union Unite, which represents English language teachers, said staff at LanLearn had been left without wages, while it has expressed concern for students left ‘stranded’ by the closure …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 22 March]

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Trinity Trade Unions Await Temporary Contracts Decision

Posted in Governance and administration on November 1st, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Trinity’s trade unions are expecting a decision this week on College’s reaction to the government’s advice on fixed-term contracts, which this summer called on Irish universities to end the improper use of such contracts. In early October, the three major unions in Trinity met with the new Human Resources Director, Antoinette Quinn, to discuss Trinity’s implementations of the government recommendations …” (more)

[Aaron Finnegan, University Times, 31 October]

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Unite union wants members to reject public sector pay deal

Posted in Governance and administration on August 17th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Members of the Unite trade union have been advised to reject a new public service pay agreement. Representatives met on Wednesday following several weeks of consultation with members …” (more)

[Jack Quann, newstalk, 16 August]

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English language school teachers suffer ’serious deficiencies’ says Unite spokesman

Posted in Teaching on July 4th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“English Language School teachers have said that they love their job but it is impossible to stay in the sector long term because of a lack of regulation. The Unite trade union is briefing Oireachtas members today on concerns over the industry, where the majority of schools are privately run …” (more)

[, 4 July]

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IFUT Becomes Third Union to Vote in Favour of Strike Action in Trinity

Posted in Governance and administration on April 13th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Ninety per cent of voting members of the Irish Federation of University Teachers (IFUT) have voted in Trinity this evening to support strike action, coming just weeks after two other unions voted to do the same, as the dispute between college and support and service staff continues …” (more)

[Róisín Power, University Times, 12 April]

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Unions Set For ‘Pivotal’ Meeting with College on April 11th

Posted in Governance and administration on April 7th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Trinity is due to meet with the two unions representing administrative and service staff on April 11th in the latest attempt to resolve the ongoing dispute over contracts and promotions. The Services, Industrial, Professional and Technical Union (SIPTU) and Unite, whose members in Trinity have already voted to support industrial and strike action, will meet with Trinity on April 11th at a hearing of the Workplace Relations Commission …” (more)

[Dillon Hennessy, University Times, 7 April]

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Unite Attacks New Policy on External Contractors, as Dispute with College Continues

Posted in Governance and administration on March 25th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Unite, one of the two trade unions threatening strike action in Trinity, has denounced College’s new policy on the employment of external contractors, as revealed by The University Times this week …” (more)

[Dominic McGrath, University Times, 24 March]

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Support staff at Trinity College vote for industrial action

Posted in Governance and administration on March 16th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Service and support staff in Trinity College Dublin who are represented by the Unite trade union have voted overwhelmingly for industrial action in a dispute over contracts. Unite said the vote for industrial action followed a decision by management at the university to halt unilaterally future promotions for support and service staff, while also employing future personnel on five-year instead of permanent contracts …” (more)

[Martin Wall, Irish Times, 15 March]

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Unite to Organise Ballot, as Hopes Fade of Deal with College

Posted in Governance and administration on March 7th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The Unite trade union, one of the unions representing administrative and service staff in Trinity, is to organise a ballot on industrial action, as hopes fade for a resolution to their ongoing dispute with College …” (more)

[Dominic McGrath, University Times, 6 March]

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Trinity’s New ‘Diktat’ for Staff Reveals the Darker Side of Commercialisation

Posted in Governance and administration on January 23rd, 2017 by steve

Ireland“For the first time in years, we might see a possible strike inside the walls of Trinity. A ‘diktat’ from College, which will see an end to promotions for support and service staff and the introduction of temporary contracts for all new employees, has been heavily and rightly attacked by SIPTU, IFUT and UNITE …” (more)

[University Times, 22 January]

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College trade unions raise prospect of industrial action

Posted in Governance and administration on January 18th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Workers voice opposition to hiring and promotion policies alongside longstanding grievances. A meeting last Wednesday saw agreement between members of the Services Industrial Professional and Technical Union (SIPTU) and Unite trade unions to campaign in opposition to College hiring and promotion policies …” (more)

[Cathal Kavanagh, Trinity News, 17 January]

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Open Season on Public Sector Pay (Again)

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

Ireland“It’s starting. When the penny drops and the incoming Government finds there is less money in the kitty than their manifesto promises were based on, the scramble for scarce resources will be on. And the scramble to have a go at public sector workers – that will be on, too …” (more)

[Michael Taft, Unite’s Notes On The Front, 11 April]

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Unite’s public sector representatives recommend new pay deal be rejected

Posted in Governance and administration on August 11th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Public sector representatives of trade union Unite have decided to recommend rejection of new Lansdowne Road pay agreement. At a meeting earlier today, they decided to reject the proposals which were negotiated at the end of May …” (more)

[, 10 August]

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Drawing Lessons from the Public Sector Pay Talks

Posted in Governance and administration on May 18th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“With the public sector pay negotiations getting underway, it is timely to step back from the details and look at the broader landscape. For it is clear: if the wage structure in the overall economy mirrored the wage structure in the public sector, we would have a more prosperous economy and society …” (more)

[Unite’s Notes On The Front, 18 May]

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Belfast Met staff warned of job losses – Unite

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

UK“The Unite union has said its members who work at Belfast Metropolitan College have been told to expect between 83 and 113 redundancies. Last October, staff were warned of a ‘significant impact’ of ‘severe budget cuts’ …” (more)

[BBC News, 24 March]

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University of Limerick under fire over ‘casual-hours contracts’

Posted in Governance and administration on February 16th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“The University of Limerick, which has been charged with investigating zero-hour contracts in the economy, is under fire from its own staff for new recruitment practices linked to increased casualisation …” (more)

[Joe Humphreys, Irish Times, 16 February]

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UL staff ‘forced to get loans from loved ones’ to survive

Posted in Life on December 13th, 2014 by steve

Ireland“Lecturers and other academic staff at the University of Limerick are forced to top up their pay with social welfare and loans from loved ones – and many are afraid to speak out for fear of negative consequences – a seminar at UL has heard …” (more)

[Nick Rabbitts, Limerick Leader, 12 December]

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