Increase of Precarious Work

Posted in Governance and administration on July 9th, 2021 by steve

IrelandRose Conway-Walsh (Mayo, Sinn Fein): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills if he has engaged with the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform on the employment control framework and the increase of precarious work in higher education; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil debates, 8 July]

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Academic and Research staff – Full-time Permanent Employment

Posted in Governance and administration on June 28th, 2021 by steve

IrelandRose Conway-Walsh (Mayo, Sinn Fein): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the percentage of academic and research staff in full-time permanent employment in public higher education institutes; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 24 June]

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Trinity’s New Casual Work Policy is a Win for a Group Used to Losing

Posted in Governance and administration on June 22nd, 2021 by steve

Ireland“For the past few years, Trinity has lagged behind in its treatment of casual staff, much to the chagrin of – in particular – postgraduates. Trinity has not kept step with government legislation, and College’s tutorial assistants and demonstrators often feel that they are overlooked and underappreciated …” (more)

[University Times, 20 June]

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Trinity to Provide Occasional Staff With Terms of Employment Under New Policy

Posted in Governance and administration on June 17th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Trinity must provide occasional staff with the terms and conditions of their employment within five days of their work beginning, according to a new policy passed at College Board today. As part of the terms and conditions, occasional staff will be considered employees of the university …” (more)

[Emer Moreau and Cormac Watson, University Times, 16 June]

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Third Level Staff – Temporary or Casual Hiring

Posted in Governance and administration on May 7th, 2021 by steve

IrelandRose Conway-Walsh (Mayo, Sinn Fein): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the steps he plans to take to address the situation regarding the hiring of academic staff on a temporary or casual basis in universities and the resulting precarious working conditions for the staff involved; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 5 May]

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Provost’s priorities for Trinity

Posted in Governance and administration on April 12th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Sir, – I congratulate Prof Linda Doyle on her election as provost of Trinity College Dublin (‘Trinity College Dublin names Linda Doyle as first woman provost in 429 years’, News, April 10th). During the campaign, Prof Doyle made several key commitments to early-career academics, particularly precariously employed adjunct staff. At the Irish Federation of University Teachers hustings she promised to ensure they were paid for every hour worked in class preparation and marking time, and to consult with unions in determining a fair hourly rate …” (more)

[Niall Kennedy, Irish Times, 12 April]

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The New Provost Must Tackle Precarious Employment in Trinity

Posted in Governance and administration on April 8th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Two striking trends sum up the profile of Trinity’s staff over the last five years: 42% of all staff are on fixed term contracts, including 25% of core funded staff and almost a quarter of all staff on academic grades. There has been a 40% increase in the proportion of senior managers …” (more)

[John Walsh, University Times, 7 April]

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PhD rights have been ignored in new employment framework, says SIPTU

Posted in Governance and administration on December 29th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Conditions for postgradaute researchers are not addressed in the new career framework for researchers, according to SIPTU. The Researcher Career Development and Employment Framework (RCF) was published by the Irish Universities Association (IUA) earlier this month. It states ‘the PhD stage is not included in the grading and salary structure set out in this Framework as it is not typically a salaried employment’ …” (more)

[Maria Dealney, Noteworthy, 29 December]

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QUBSU Workers Demand Respect From Queen’s University

Posted in Governance and administration on December 2nd, 2020 by steve

“In July, Queen’s University removed a number of casual staff members from The Speakeasy and other QUBSU facilities from the scope of the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS). This decision came as a result of the ‘unprecedented times’ and on-going uncertainties surrounding how semester one would look at Queen’s …” (more)

[Jessica Lawrence, The Gown, 29 November]

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Lecturer on separate precarious contracts and low pay – until IFUT secured full-time lecturing status

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on December 7th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“I have been working for one of the large universities in Ireland for almost a decade, holding year-to-year hourly-teaching contracts, without summer pay, payment for meetings, and the extensive preparation required for delivering high-quality lectures …” (more)

[IFUT, 6 December]

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Emails outside working hours: are they against employment law?

Posted in Legal issues, Life on December 7th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“It is common for many employees to send, read and reply to work emails at all hours of the day and night, including weekends. This change in work culture developed in recent decades and has accelerated with the advent of smartphones. But is this a breach of employment law? …” (more)

[Darius Whelan, The Conversation, 6 December]

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