Brendan Howlin: Pay talks to benefit low-paid workers

Posted in Governance and administration on April 23rd, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Low-paid workers will be the major beneficiaries from the forthcoming talks on restoring public service pay, the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform Brendan Howlin has said. However he warned that pay restoration would involve continued staff co-operation with reforms …” (more)

[Martin Wall, Irish Times, 23 April]

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Lecturers experience high levels of work-related stress

Posted in Governance and administration on April 6th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Lecturers in institutes of technology are experiencing high levels of work-related stress as a result of cutbacks, additional working hours and rationalisation measures in the sector, according to the Teachers’ Union of Ireland (TUI) …” (more)

[Independent, 6 April]

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Extra two hours lecturing a week adds to college staff stress

Posted in Governance and administration on April 6th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“College lecturers have claimed the imposition of two extra hours’ lecturing time each week under the Haddington Road agreement is adding considerably to workplace stress. The Teachers’ Union of Ireland says the delivery of the two hours requires an additional six hours of curriculum development, research, preparation work and the development of assessment of examinations material …” (more)

[Joe Humphreys, Irish Times, 6 April]

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Teacher conferences: Unions up for a battle on pay and conditions

Posted in Governance and administration on April 6th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“After six years of austerity, it’s payback time as far as the teacher unions are concerned. Pay and conditions top the agenda across the three trade unions that span primary and secondary level …” (more)

[Joe Humphreys, Irish Times, 6 April]

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Survey finds stress levels rising among IT staff

Posted in Life on April 5th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“A new survey has found that lecturers in Institutes of Technology are experiencing high levels of work related stress due to cutbacks in the sector. This research was carried out by the TUI in December 2014 with over a thousand responses received …” (more)

[RTÉ News, 5 April]

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Teachers to get permanent employment rights after two years under new measures

Posted in Teaching on March 28th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“New procedures giving teachers permanent employment rights after two years in the job, rather than three, have been published by the Department of Education. Welcoming the measures, which are based on the recommendations of an expert group on part-time employment, Minister for Education and Skills Jan O’Sullivan said …” (more)

[Joe Humphreys, Irish Times, 28 March]

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Bruton: Public sector ‘pay recovery’ depends on spending constraints

Posted in Governance and administration on March 23rd, 2015 by steve

Ireland“The Jobs Minister Richard Bruton says there will be a ‘pay recovery’ in the public sector, but it will depend on how much money is available to the Government. It comes after Siptu President Jack O’Connor said over the weekend that he expects pay rises in the public sector as unions prepare to sit down with the Government in May …” (more)

[BreakingNews.ie, 23 March]

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IFUT rejects UCC attempts to impose new staff contracts

Posted in Governance and administration on February 12th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“The Irish Federation of University Teachers (IFUT) has demanded an urgent meeting to discuss proposed new staff contracts in University College Cork. The contracts seek to undermine or circumvent key aspects of labour practice, including areas such as unfair dismissal legislation, work location and academic freedom …” (more)

[Irish Federation of University Teachers, 11 February]

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University staff in strike threat over proposed work changes

Posted in Governance and administration on February 12th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Attempts to impose wide changes to terms for new and promoted staff at University College Cork have been met with a threat of industrial action by academic staff …” (more)

[Niall Murray, Irish Examiner, 11 February]

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ICTU: Govt needs to stop ‘talking to themselves’ over public sector pay

Posted in Governance and administration on January 21st, 2015 by steve

Ireland“The incoming head of the Irish Congress of Trade Unions says the Government is ‘talking to itself’ over a prospective public sector pay deal. SIPTU Vice President Patricia King – who will lead ICTU from March – says she has had no engagement with the Coalition about a successor to the Croke Park and Haddington Road Agreements …” (more)

[BreakingNews.ie, 21 January]

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Brendan Howlin hopes to open public sector pay talks in second quarter

Posted in Governance and administration on January 14th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform Brendan Howlin has said he hopes to open public sector pay talks in the second or third quarter of the year. ‘I want to see what the look of the income base of the State is before I open negotiations …'” (more)

[Mary Minihan, Irish Times, 14 January]

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Unions turned down in bid for refund of €17m pension levy

Posted in Governance and administration on January 12th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Unions tried to get a clawback of the public sector pension levy this year – worth €17m in total – but were refused, new documents reveal …” (more)

[Anne-Marie Walsh, Independent, 12 January]

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Public sector pension levy is ‘likely’ to be cut or axed

Posted in Governance and administration on January 9th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“The public sector pension levy is ‘likely’ to be reduced significantly or abolished ahead of the general election, senior Government sources have told the Irish Independent …” (more)

[Daniel McConnell, Independent, 9 January]

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Union chief wants new public-sector pay talks

Posted in Governance and administration on January 4th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“The leader of the country’s largest union is calling for fresh talks regarding public-sector pay before the Haddington Road Agreement expires next year …” (more)

[BreakingNews.ie, 4 January]

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Public sector workers shouldn’t expect a pay rise this year

Posted in Governance and administration on January 4th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Taoiseach Enda Kenny has indicated it is unlikely this year that there will be a reversal of the cuts to public sector pay. Speaking to political correspondents in a pre-Christmas briefing, Kenny said economic recovery is the government’s priority …” (more)

[TheJournal.ie, 4 January]

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Brendan Howlin to begin unwinding legislation on pay cuts

Posted in Governance and administration on October 30th, 2014 by steve

Ireland“The first step in unwinding the emergency legislation that underpinned pay cuts across the public service at the height of the financial crisis has been taken by the Government. Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform Brendan Howlin yesterday secured the agreement of his Cabinet colleagues to delete a key section of the Financial Emergency Measures in the Public Interest Act 2009 …” (more)

[Stephen Collins, Irish Times, 30 October]

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HSE’s top HR chief set to take up role at UCC

Posted in Governance and administration on October 16th, 2014 by steve

Ireland“A top HSE official, head of human resources Barry O’Brien, is to leave the organisation in the coming months, it was confirmed last night. Mr O’Brien, a regular attendee at the Oireachtas health committee and a key negotiator in the Haddington Road talks, is understood to be taking up a role in the HR department of University College Cork …” (more)

[Mary Regan and Catherine Shanahan, Irish Examiner, 16 October]

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No public pay increases next year

Posted in Governance and administration on October 15th, 2014 by steve

Ireland“There will be no pay increases for staff in the public service next year, with Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform Brendan Howlin saying any pay rises will be a matter for the 2016 budget …” (more)

[Martin Wall and Fiach Kelly, Irish Times, 15 October]

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Yesterday didn’t ‘budget’ for the looming public-sector pay talks

Posted in Governance and administration on October 15th, 2014 by steve

Ireland“The big hoopla wasn’t the Budget yesterday, it will be the public-sector pay talks next year. Politically and fiscally, that is where the real action is. Add a big plus to yesterday’s numbers and you get the total figure for public spending, and the borrowing required to service it. Of course, we don’t know what the big plus is, but it is the elephant in the room …” (more)

[Gerard Howlin, Irish Examiner, 15 October]

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College courses for Limerick jobseekers under threat

Posted in Governance and administration on September 25th, 2014 by steve

“A government directive that prevents lecturers from being paid for extra teaching hours could jeopardise college courses for hundreds of Limerick jobseekers …” (more)

[Kathy Masterson, Limerick Post, 25 September]

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