Exploitation of Workers in University Sector

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

Ireland“Mike Jennings represented IFUT as a member of the ETUCE (European region of Education International) delegation to the quadrennial conference of the European Trade Union Confederation (ETUC) in Vienna from May 21 to 24, 2019 …” (more)

[IFUT, 4 June]

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IFUT now represents Irish postdoctoral researchers on Eurodoc

Posted in Governance and administration on June 1st, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Eurodoc is the European Council of Doctoral Candidates and Junior Researchers (http://eurodoc.net/). It is an international federation of 29 national organisations of PhD candidates, and more generally of early career researchers from 28 countries of the European Union and the Council of Europe …” (more)

[IFUT, 31 May]

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No Academic Representation on the Governing Body of Mary Immaculate College, Limerick, MICL

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

Ireland“For over five years, Academic Staff at Mary Immaculate College in Limerick, have not been represented on the Governing Board, as IFUT members continue to protest against a decision taken by the College, following a report from an external consultancy firm …” (more)

[IFUT, 23 May]

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To survive, trade unions must adapt to needs of young people – IFUT

Posted in Governance and administration on May 13th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Trade unions must adapt to meet the needs of young people in order to survive, the head of the organisation representing university teachers has said. Joan Donegan, general secretary of the Irish Federation of University Teachers (IFUT), told its annual conference at the weekend that young people had grown up largely in the generation where union membership was ‘simply not the norm’ …” (more)

[Martin Wall, Irish Times, 14 May]

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IFUT Calls for Allocation of Corporation Tax to Address Higher Education Crisis

Posted in Governance and administration on May 11th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“‘The next Budget should provide once-off emergency funding from the surge in Corporation tax to address the escalating higher education crisis’, Joan Donegan, General Secretary of the Irish Federation of University Teachers, said in advance of IFUT’s 2019 Annual Delegate Conference in Dublin, Saturday, May 11th, 2019 …” (more)

[IFUT, 10 May]

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Work-Life Balance

Posted in Legal issues, Life on May 1st, 2019 by steve

Ireland“A new EU Work-Life Balance Directive has recently been agreed. The ultimate aim of this Directive is to improve gender equality by easing access to work-life balance arrangements for parents and carers and to boost the participation of men in family-related leaves of absence or flexible working arrangements …” (more)

[IFUT, 30 April]

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IFUT calls for increased higher education funding following new IUA Report

Posted in Governance and administration on April 8th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The Irish Federation of University Teachers (IFUT) has called for an increase in state funding for higher education following publication today of a Report ‘Delivering for Ireland: An Impact Assessment of Irish Universities’, commissioned by the Irish Universities Association (IUA) …” (more)

[IFUT, 5 April]

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Third level staff and students to stage protests over funding ‘crisis’

Posted in Governance and administration on March 21st, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Third level students and lecturers across college campuses are set to stage lunchtime protests on Thursday to highlight what they say is a growing crisis in higher education funding. State funding for third level fell by almost 40% as a result of austerity-era cost-cutting between 2008 and 2015 at a time of rising student numbers …” (more)

[Irish Times, 21 March]

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Full Steam Ahead at DCU

Posted in Governance and administration on March 12th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Following discussions between IFUT and SIPTU a joint agreement has been reached on representation of staff in Dublin City University (DCU). The new agreement provides a very strong mandate for working together in a spirit of partnership to advance the cause of all trade union members in the university …” (more)

[Irish Federation of University Teachers, 11 March]

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Poll on third-level fees is a smokescreen

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on March 8th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Sir, – Your article ‘State and students “should bear cost” of third-level education’ (News, March 4th) raises questions as to why the Higher Education Authority decided to ask the public how higher education should be funded and on the methodology of the opinion poll …” (more)

[Joan Donegan, Irish Times, 8 March]

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Live horse and you’ll get grass!

Posted in Governance and administration on March 6th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“For the past decade higher education institutions, staff and students have been forced to survive on a mantra from government of ‘live horse and you’ll get grass’. But on 20th February last, the Department of Education and Skills held a novel ‘Stakeholders Consultation on Higher Education’, on the site of the newly launched Technological University of Dublin, to discuss a brighter future …” (more)

[IFUT, 6 March]

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The Public Service Superannuation (Age of Retirement) Act 2018

Posted in Legal issues, Life on February 8th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“IFUT have been receiving queries regarding the extension of the compulsory retirement age to 70, as a result of the Public Service Superannuation (Age of Retirement) Act 2018, which came into effect from 26 December 2018. The Department of Public Expenditure and Reform (DPER) has prepared the following FAQs which cover issues that have been arising since the enactment of the legislation, which members may find useful …” (more)

[IFUT, 7 February]

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‘One can never have enough socks … People will insist on giving me books’

Posted in Governance and administration on December 20th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“With that quote from ‘Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone’, on behalf of all of the team here in Head Office I want to wish each of you – if not quite a book-free Christmas – certainly a computer-free, form filling-free, and needless meetings-free, holiday and a very happy New Year! This past year has been both exciting and challenging for IFUT …” (more)

[IFUT, 19 December]


One step closer to gender equality in Irish higher education institutions

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on December 18th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“On November 12th 2018, the Gender Equality Taskforce Action Plan for Higher Education 2018-2020 was launched by Irish Minister for Higher Education, Ms Mitchell O’Connor. In addition to this Action Plan, the Senior Academic Leadership Initiative has been launched, which foresees the creation of 45 senior academic posts for women in Higher Education colleges nationwide …” (more)

[ETUCE, 18 December]

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IFUT member gets contract after 20 month battle!

Posted in Legal issues on December 17th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“After seven years of teaching and research in several positions and departments at my university I was supposed to be made redundant at the end of the academic year 2016/17. Being a member of IFUT I contacted my branch secretary in February 2017 to explore any possible claims I may have …” (more)

[IFUT, 17 December]

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After TEP Dispute, Labour Court Grants Extra Holidays to Trinity Staff

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on December 9th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Trinity’s academic staff will enjoy extra annual leave this year, after a Labour Court ruling ended a long dispute over the additional workload caused by changes to the College’s year structure. The extra two days of annual leave have been awarded on a once-off basis, to compensate for disruption …” (more)

[Eleanor O’Mahony, University Times, 9 December]

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Labour Court rules in favour of IFUT in holiday entitlement dispute

Posted in Legal issues on December 8th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“The Labour Court has ruled in favour of a claim by the Irish Federation of University Teachers (IFUT) in Trinity College Dublin for additional leave days in compensation for the introduction of new academic structures introduced by the college. The Court awarded two days’ leave on a once-off basis, in a case taken under Section 26(1) of the 1990 Industrial Relations Act …” (more)

[Irish Federation of University Teachers, 7 December]

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The Future of Working Time

Posted in Research on November 30th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“‘A four-day work week could lead to greater productivity and wealth.’ Dr Aileen O’Carroll, Chair of the IFUT Maynooth Branch, spoke at an international conference held on the 22nd November 2018, organised by Fórsa, which explored emerging trade union demands for a move towards a four-day week as standard over the coming years …” (more)

[Irish Federation of University Teachers, 29 November]

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When ‘ineligible’ for a contract turned out to be anything but!

Posted in Legal issues on November 29th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“The following letter is from a member, in a university outside Dublin, who was deemed ‘ineligible’ for a Contract of Indefinite Duration and, having initially accepted the decision, subsequently contacted IFUT who were able to resolve the matter to our member’s benefit …” (more)

[Irish Federation of University Teachers, 28 November]

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IFUT welcomes WRC ‘Age Discrimination’ Ruling in favour of Lecturer

Posted in Governance and administration on November 23rd, 2018 by steve

Ireland“The Irish Federation of University Teachers (IFUT) has welcomed a ruling by the Workplace Relations Commission that an IFUT member was discriminated against on grounds of age. The case, one of a number of recent similar cases on discrimination at university level, resulted in an award of compensation to the female Lecturer concerned …” (more)

[IFUT, 22 November]

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