Universities call for more money as Leaving Cert numbers rise

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on June 5th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Universities say the surge in Leaving Cert candidate numbers evident this year must trigger an increase in Government funding to cater for student demand coming down the tracks. More than 124,000 students start the State exams today, the highest figure in years, and one that will continue growing until the mid 2020s at least …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 5 June]

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Public sector unions hold talks with Government on pay

Posted in Governance and administration on April 25th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Public service unions have had discussions with the Department of Public Expenditure on a review of the pay terms set out in the agreement for State employees, informed sources have said. Minister of Education Joe McHugh said on Tuesday he was aware that the parties to the Public Service Stability Agreement were engaged in exploratory discussions …” (more)

[Martin Wall, Irish Times, 25 April]

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‘Review junior cycle before Leaving Cert is changed’

Posted in Governance and administration, Teaching on April 25th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“A second-level teachers union leader said the junior cycle reforms must be properly evaluated before any changes are made to the Leaving Cert. Teachers’ Union of Ireland (TUI) president Seamus Lahart said while a senior cycle review was under way there was no evidence of the positive and negative consequences of the radical overhaul of the Junior Cert …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 25 April]

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Teachers now prepare to do battle for equal pensions and pay hike

Posted in Governance and administration on April 24th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Teachers will now battle for equal pensions for recent recruits after securing a Government commitment to address two-tier pay. They are also lining up their demands for a pay rise now their nine-year battle to achieve full wage equality appears to be moving into its final phase …” (more)

[Anne-Marie Walsh, Katherine Donnelly and Ralph Riegel, Independent, 24 April]

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Teachers threaten industrial action if Government fails to end two-tier pay

Posted in Governance and administration on April 22nd, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Teachers’ unions are threatening industrial action if the Government does not make a firm commitment over the coming days to restore pay equality for thousands of their members hired since 2011. The warning comes as teachers’ annual conferences get under way this week with pay rates for so-called ‘new entrants’ set to dominate the agenda …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 22 April]

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ASTI signals intention to hold industrial action ballot over two-tier pay scales

Posted in Governance and administration on January 26th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The secondary teachers’ union, ASTI has signalled its intention to conduct a ballot for industrial action in its campaign for the abolition of two-tier pay scales, but there are no immediate plans for one …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 26 January]

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Leaving Cert stress and strains

Posted in Teaching on December 19th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Sir, – Your front page headline ‘Leaving Cert causes stress and burnout in students’ (December 17th), while partly true, is likely to add to the stress of those students who are working away preparing for their exams with support from their parents and teachers …” (more)

[Breda Lynch, Irish Times, 18 December]

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ASTI rejects pay deal for new entrant teachers

Posted in Governance and administration on November 29th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“The country’s largest secondary teachers’ union has rejected Government proposals to address the controversial two-tier pay system in schools. The move is likely to increase the potential for disruption in schools in the months ahead. In a ballot, members of the Association of Secondary Teachers Ireland (ASTI) voted against the Government initiative on new entrant pay by a margin of 53% to 47%. The turnout was 58% …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 29 November]

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Second-level teachers to vote on two-tier pay proposal

Posted in Governance and administration on October 13th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“The Association of Secondary Teachers Ireland (ASTI) is to ballot its members on new Government pay proposals without a recommendation. The union’s president Breda Lynch said while new Government moves to end the controversial two-tier pay system representedMartin Wall some progress, it did not ‘achieve equal pay for equal work’ …” (more)

[Martin Wall, Irish Times, 13 October]

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ASTI to discuss Govt proposals on pay for new entrants

Posted in Governance and administration on October 13th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“One of the country’s main teachers unions is meeting in Dublin today to consider new Government proposals aimed at addressing the dispute over two-tier salaries in the public service …” (more)

[BreakingNews.ie, 13 October]

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‘A pittance’ – Teachers slam education investment in Budget 2019

Posted in Governance and administration on October 9th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Teachers associations have lashed out at the funding set aside for education as part of Budget 2019. This afternoon, the Finance Minister Paschal Donohoe announced a €10.8bn budget for the Department of Education next year. He said the allocation marks a 6.7% increase on last year …” (more)

[Michael Staines, Newstalk, 9 October]

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Teacher strikes possible for pay restoration

Posted in Governance and administration on September 26th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Ballots on the deal will be under way by October 10 among more than 70,000 members of the three main teacher unions, despite Finance Minister Paschal Donohoe’s insistence that there is no further funding to 2020 to improve the reduced pay for those who joined the public service after 2010 …” (more)

[Niall Murray, Irish Examiner, 26 September]

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ASTI/ INTO/TUI Joint Statement: Pay Talks Have Dragged On For Too Long

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

Ireland“Meeting this week in Dublin, the presidents of the ASTI, INTO and TUI denounced the delay in reaching agreement in the ongoing talks with the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform. The talks, aimed at bringing an end to pay inequality for those who entered the profession since 1st January 2011, began following a historic three-union congress motion to undertake a joint campaign …” (more)

[INTO, 5 September]

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Newly qualified teachers will earn €100k less than those hired before 2010

Posted in Governance and administration on August 28th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Experienced teachers say it is unfair to accuse them of abandoning junior colleagues in pay negotiations. President of the ASTI union, Breda Lynch, claims senior teachers fought as hard as they could when wages were cut for new recruits during the recession …” (more)

[Irish Examiner, 28 August]

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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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Demand for 30% hike as exam pay is lower than minimum wage

Posted in Governance and administration, Teaching on April 6th, 2018 by steve

“Teachers have voted overwhelmingly to demand a 30% increase in the rates of pay for those marking and supervising the Junior Cert and Leaving Cert exams. Association of Secondary Teachers of Ireland (ASTI) members voted to increase an enhanced pay request to the State Examinations Commission (SEC) from 20% to 30% …” (more)

[Ralph Riegel, Independent, 6 April]

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‘Impending catastrophe’ for Junior and Leaving Cert exams if rate of pay for State examiners not increased

Posted in Teaching on April 5th, 2018 by steve

“Teachers have voted overwhelmingly to demand a 30% increase in the rates of pay for those marking and supervising the Junior Cert and Leaving Cert exams. Association of Secondary Teachers of Ireland (ASTI) members agreed to increase an enhanced pay request to the State Examinations Commission (SEC) from 20% to 30% …” (more)

[Ralph Riegel, Independent, 5 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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We’ll refuse to mark our own pupils in Leaving Cert – ASTI

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

“Leaving Cert changes will be vehemently opposed by secondary school teachers if it involves any element of teachers assessing their own students for critical exam marks. The Association of Secondary Teachers of Ireland (ASTI) warned Education Minister Richard Bruton they will not tolerate a repeat of controversial Junior Cert changes with Ireland’s Leaving Cert …” (more)

[Ralph Riegel, Independent, 5 April]

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Teachers reaffirm opposition to assessing own students for State exams

Posted in Teaching on April 4th, 2018 by steve

“The General Secretary of the Association of Secondary Teachers of Ireland has warned that teachers will not assess their own students as part of any proposed reform of the Leaving Certificate cycle. The Department of Education and its agencies are beginning to explore how best to reform learning at senior cycle …” (more)

[RTÉ News, 4 April]

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