Report recommends changes to improve job security for teachers

Posted in Governance and administration on September 17th, 2014 by steve

“Teachers working part-time or on fixed-term contracts will have more job security under recommendations made by an expert group today, Minister for Education Jan O’Sullivan has said …” (more)

[Elaine Edwards, Irish Times, 17 September]

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New innovation strategy required says IFUT

Posted in Governance and administration on September 1st, 2014 by steve

“New innovation strategy required to preserve teaching standards, assist graduate employment and promote economic recovery, says IFUT. The Irish Federation of University Teachers (IFUT) has called for implementation of a five point strategy to develop third-level education …” (more)

[Irish Federation of University Teachers, 31 August]

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Public sector employees are €8 an hour better off

Posted in Governance and administration on August 17th, 2014 by steve

“Public sector workers are, on average, €8 an hour better off than their private sector colleagues even after various pay cuts since the 2008 economic crash, new figures reveal …” (more)

[Daniel McConnell, Independent, 17 August]

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Public sector staff in line for reversal of pay and pension cuts

Posted in Governance and administration on August 9th, 2014 by steve

“The reversal of public sector pay and pension cuts, made during the economic crisis, is up for discussion as the Coalition prepares for the end of the ‘financial emergency’ …” (more)

[Fionnan Sheahan, Independent, 9 August]

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Public service hampered by lack of carrot and stick

Posted in Governance and administration on June 1st, 2014 by steve

“What do civil service mandarins and senior managers in the public sector think about the Croke Park and Haddington Road reforms? How do they rub along with their political masters? And, most importantly in terms of improving the sector’s performance, do they have the freedom and the incentives to provide the best possible service to the citizens for whom they work? …” (more)

[Dan O’Brien, Independent, 1 June]

[The IPA report to which this refers is here.]

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Public service unions plan pay restitution claim

Posted in Governance and administration on April 24th, 2014 by steve

“Public service unions will lodge a pay claim for restitution of pay cuts next year if Ireland moves into recovery, according to the head of the union representing middle ranking civil servants …” (more)

[RTÉ News, 24 April]

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TUI signals wage claim as economy recovers

Posted in Governance and administration on April 23rd, 2014 by steve

“Teachers should seek pay rises when the economy recovers, according to the general secretary of the Teachers Union of Ireland (TUI). Addressing 424 delegates at the union’s annual congress in Kilkenny yesterday, John MacGabhann said Ireland’s economic recovery appeared to have begun …” (more)

[Peter McGuire, Irish Times, 23 April]

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TUI chief: Woe betide the Government if it reneges on Haddington promises

Posted in Governance and administration on April 22nd, 2014 by steve

“The General Secretary of the TUI has said the Government will be unable to regain the trust of the union if it attempts to defer the restoration of payments to teachers …” (more)

[TheJournal.ie, 22 April]

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Institute of Technology lecturers ‘far from convinced’ about university move

Posted in Governance and administration on April 22nd, 2014 by steve

“Institute of Technology lecturers remain ‘far from convinced’ by the move towards Technological University status. That’s according to a new survey from the Teachers’ Union of Ireland (TUI) …” (more)

[TheJournal.ie, 22 April]

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Institutes of technology could face industrial action by academics

Posted in Governance and administration on April 22nd, 2014 by steve

“Institutes of technology could face industrial action by academic staff if they fail to consult them or try to change their conditions in any mergers to form technological universities (TUs), a union has warned …” (more)

[Niall Murray, Irish Examiner, 22 April]

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Whose picket line is it anyway?

Posted in Governance and administration on April 22nd, 2014 by steve

“As ordinary teachers get set for summer term this week, a fight in their name is going on at teacher conferences in Kilkenny and Wexford. At the Easter gatherings, teachers will find themselves either defending their union or, like St Peter, thrice denying their masters …” (more)

[Louise Holden, Irish Times, 22 April]

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SIPTU may push for new public service pay deal

Posted in Governance and administration on April 8th, 2014 by steve

“SIPTU has said that if IBEC’s favourable predictions for economic improvement in 2014 materialise, it could create the conditions for a new public service pay deal before the end of the Haddington Road Agreement …” (more)

[Stephen Rogers, Irish Examiner, 8 April]

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Cancelled lectures likely as Tyndall staff bring pay dispute to UCC

Posted in Governance and administration on February 20th, 2014 by steve

“Lecture cancellations and library closures could be possible next week as an industrial dispute at one of University College Cork’s and the country’s most prestigious research centres hits the main campus …” (more)

[Niall Murray, Irish Examiner, 20 February]

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Workers picket Tyndall Institute over pay inequality

Posted in Governance and administration on February 19th, 2014 by steve

“Members of two trade unions have today placed pickets at the Tyndall National Institute in Cork in a dispute over pay inequality with colleagues they say are doing similar work at University College Cork but are being paid more …” (more)

[Barry Roche, Irish Times, 19 February]

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Union warns of further action in Tyndall dispute

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on January 22nd, 2014 by steve

“SIPTU has warned of further industrial action at the Tyndall National Institute in Cork if progress is not made on pay rates for staff. SIPTU organizer Bill Mulcahy said the staff are University College Cork staff, and should be on UCC rates …” (more)

[RTÉ News, 22 January]

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Staff to picket Tyndall in pay dispute

Posted in Governance and administration on January 21st, 2014 by steve

“SIPTU will mount pickets at the Tyndall National Institute in Cork this morning over what it describes as a disparity of up to 20% in pay between its members and staff at University College Cork …” (more)

[Stephen Rogers, Irish Examiner, 21 January]

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Stats don’t lie: public sector is still mollycoddled

Posted in Governance and administration on January 12th, 2014 by steve

“Are workers in the public sector overpaid compared with their counterparts in the private sector? How do public sector salaries compare with those in other countries? Should the reductions in pay since the crash be reversed when the public finances permit? …” (more)

[Dan O’Brien, Independent, 12 January]

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Strike threat removed as Asti votes to accept revised deal

Posted in Governance and administration on December 20th, 2013 by steve

“The Association of Secondary Teachers, Ireland has voted to accept the revised Haddington Road agreement by a margin of 57% for and 43% against. The decision immediately removes the potential for any strike action …” (more)

[Dick Ahlstrom, Irish Times, 19 December]

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ASTI accepts Haddington Road deal

Posted in Governance and administration on December 19th, 2013 by steve

“Secondary teachers have accepted the Haddington Road pay and productivity deal in a move that will avoid chaos in hundreds of schools in January …” (more)

[Independent, 19 December]

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Asti ballot result to emerge by tomorrow afternoon

Posted in Governance and administration on December 18th, 2013 by steve

“The threat of school closures in January hangs over a ballot of the Association of Secondary Teachers, Ireland (ASTI), the results of which should be known tomorrow …” (more)

[Dick Ahlstrom, Irish Times, 18 December]

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