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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Institutes of technology mergers a ‘byword for cuts’, TUI told

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

Ireland“The Teachers’s Union of Ireland (TUI) has warned of industrial action in the event of unilateral moves by the Government to merge institutes of technology. TUI president Gerry Quinn told delegates at the union’s annual conference in Killarney that in an era of brutal education retrenchment, mergers had ‘become a byword for more cuts’ …” (more)

[Martin Wall, Irish Times, 29 March]

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TUI warns it will be hard to get teachers in some subjects

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

Ireland“Reduced pay and low-hour contracts for young teachers are driving graduates away from a career in education, the Teachers’ Union of Ireland (TUI) has warned. It said this would lead to difficulties in schools being able to find teachers for certain subjects …” (more)

[Martin Wall, Irish Times, 20 March]

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TUI plans one-day February strike without ‘meaningful’ talks

Posted in Governance and administration on February 5th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Teachers in about 350 secondary schools are planning to stage a one-day strike on Wednesday, February 24th, two days before the general election. The stoppage would also affect the further and adult education sectors …” (more)

[Martin Wall, Irish Times, 5 February]

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Colleges’ ‘economic value cut’ say striking lecturers and researchers

Posted in Governance and administration on February 4th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“The undermining of the contributions made by institutes of technology to society and to the economy was blamed for yesterday’s strike by 4,000 lecturers and researchers. Students at GMIT come out in force to support lecturers as they strike over underfunding and staffing levels …” (more)

[Niall Murray, Irish Examiner, 4 February]

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4,000 lecturers to strike today

Posted in Governance and administration on February 3rd, 2016 by steve

Ireland“4,000 lecturers at the country’s Institutes of Technology will go on strike today in a row over cutbacks and staff levels. Protesters have said the number of students has increased by nearly 22,000 while the number of lecturing positions has decreased by 550 …” (more)

[BreakingNews.ie, 3 February]

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TUI president: Why I’m striking tomorrow

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

Ireland“Tomorrow, some 4,000 institute of technology lecturers and researchers will take a day’s strike action over a range of critical issues within their sector. This action is not being taken lightly, but the mandate is overwhelming …” (more)

[Gerry Quinn, Irish Times, 2 February]

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Creating technological universities to cost students, says union

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on January 27th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Students will end up footing the bill for the bulk of the cost of creating new technological universities, unions have claimed. The Government is planning to pass a Technological University Bill ahead of the general election which will pave the way for the potential merger of up to 10 institutes of technology …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 27 January]

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TUI wants halt to Technological Universities Bill

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on January 26th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“The President of the Teachers Union of Ireland has called for the Technological Universities Bill, which is due to begin its report stage before the Oireachtas, to be stopped to allow sufficient time for it to be debated and discussed. The TUI claims the Bill is being rushed through the Oireachtas with ‘reckless haste’ …” (more)

[RTÉ News, 26 January]

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Institutes of technology lecturers to ballot for strike action

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

Ireland“Academic staff in institutes of technology represented by the Teachers’ Union of Ireland (TUI) are to ballot for strike action over concerns about elements of new legislation being proposed by the Government. Members of the TUI are already scheduled to stage a one-day stoppage on February 3rd …” (more)

[Martin Wall, Irish Times, 22 January]

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Teachers’ strike action could close second-level schools and third-level colleges for a day

Posted in Governance and administration on January 15th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Strike action by a teachers’ union could close second-level schools and third-level colleges for a day each in coming weeks. Lecturers in institutes of technology are planning to strike on February 3 and now their union colleagues in almost half the country’s second-level schools, as well as colleges of further education, are also threatening to stop work for day before the General Election …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 15 January]

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Lecturers ‘brutalised’ by cutbacks announce strike action

Posted in Governance and administration on January 12th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Lecturers at the country’s Institutes of Technology are going on strike. The action is due to take place on Wednesday February 3. Their union, the TUI, has said key concerns include …” (more)

[BreakingNews.ie, 12 January]

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Technological Universities Bill must be amended to protect sector

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

Ireland“The Teachers’ Union of Ireland (TUI) has warned that if enacted in its current form, the Technological Universities Bill would wreak considerable damage on the Institute of Technology sector …” (more)

[Teachers’ Union of Ireland, 11 January]

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TUI warns of strikes at institutes of technology after vote

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

Ireland“A trade union which represents thousands of lecturers and research staff in institutes of technology has voted to engage in a campaign of industrial action on foot of cuts to funding and staffing numbers …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 16 December]

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More than 90% of TUI members vote for industrial action at country’s 14 Institutes of Technology

Posted in Governance and administration on December 15th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Members of the Teachers Union of Ireland have voted in favour of industrial action at Institutes of Technology around the country. The union represents 4,000 lecturing and research staff in the colleges and says it now has a mandate for action up to and including a strike …” (more)

[BreakingNews.ie, 15 December]

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ITs are underfunded so education standards are already suffering

Posted in Governance and administration on November 27th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Lunch-time protests will be staged this Thursday, November 26, by lecturers and research staff at the 14 institutes of technology (ITs). These are part of a rolling campaign of action by the Teachers’ Union of Ireland (TUI) against the Government’s refusal to address critical problems …” (more)

[Gerry Quinn, Irish Examiner, 27 November]

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Institutes of Technology may face unrest over pay, union warns

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

Ireland“Institutes of Technology may face disruption over the coming months after a teachers’ union announced plans to ballot members over a campaign of industrial action. The Teachers’ Union of Ireland said it was taking the move in the face of cuts to education services and ‘draconian’ legislation which it says will cement pay reductions imposed during the economic downturn …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 18 November]

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TUI members to be balloted on industrial action as part of campaign

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

Ireland“Before a protest outside Dáil Éireann on the afternoon that the Financial Measures in the Public Interest Bill (FEMPI) 2015 approached finalisation, the Teachers’ Union of Ireland (TUI) outlined its intention to campaign vigorously on key education issues ahead of the general election. Commencing with Institute of Technology lecturers next week, TUI members will be balloted on a campaign of industrial action to seek a resolution of these issues …” (more)

[Teachers’ Union of Ireland, 18 November]

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TUI members emphatically reject Lansdowne Road Agreement

Posted in Governance and administration on October 15th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“TUI members have emphatically rejected the Lansdowne Road Agreement (LRA) by a margin of 92% on a turnout of over 59%. Speaking today, TUI President Gerry Quinn said:‘This ballot result represents an unequivocal rejection of the Lansdowne Road Agreement by TUI members …'” (more)

[Teachers’ Union of Ireland, 15 October]

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TUI recommends members accept latest Junior Cert proposals

Posted in Teaching on August 28th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“A second-level teachers’ union is asking its members to accept the latest proposals to reform the Junior Cert. The executive of the Teachers’ Union of Ireland (TUI) decided today to recommend acceptance in a ballot that will take place between September 9 and September 23 …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 28 August]

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