Schools could face shutdown in row over ‘two-tier’ pay

Posted in Governance and administration on April 3rd, 2018 by steve

“Teachers are giving the Government a month to produce a commitment to end two-tier pay rates – or strike ballots that could close schools in the autumn will go ahead. As the three teachers’ unions gather at their annual conferences, the mood is hardening for an early deal to eliminate lower salary scales for new entrants …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 3 April]

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Teachers’ unions will ‘shut down schools’ if pay parity not addressed

Posted in Governance and administration, Teaching on April 2nd, 2018 by steve

Ireland“The president of the INTO is warning that all three teachers’ unions ‘will be shutting down schools’ if the Government does not address the issue of pay parity. Almost 24,000 teachers earn less than their colleagues, for the same work, as a result of salary reductions introduced for new appointees since 2011 …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien and Vivienne Clarke, Irish Times, 2 April]

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Institutes of technology could be hit by strikes

Posted in Governance and administration on March 31st, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Institutes of technology could face disruption as lecturers are being balloted on industrial action up to strikes over delays to a review of their duties and workload. The Teachers’ Union of Ireland (TUI) leadership is recommending that its 4,000 members at the 14 institutes of technology vote in favour of action …” (more)

[Niall Murray, Irish Examiner, 31 March]

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Lecturers in Institutes of Technology ballot for industrial action

Posted in Governance and administration on March 30th, 2018 by steve

“Staff in Institutes of Technology across the country are balloting for industrial action in a dispute over working hours. The Teachers’ Union of Ireland (TUI) said on Friday that the workload of academic staff in the Institute of Technology sector had ‘long since exceeded reasonable levels and was now completely unsustainable’ …” (more)

[Martin Wall, Irish Times, 30 March]

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Students in institutes of technology may face cut in lecture hours over academics’ workload row

Posted in Governance and administration on March 30th, 2018 by steve

“Students in institutes of technology may be facing a cut in lecturing hours from September in a row over workload for academics. About 4,000 lecturers are currently being balloted on industrial action, and a ‘yes’ vote could result in disruption in the next academic year …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 30 March]

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Teachers, lecturers vote for industrial action over pay gap

Posted in Governance and administration on September 15th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Teachers and lecturers have voted decisively to reject the new public service agreement and to back industrial action in opposition to the current two-tier pay structure in schools. Members of the Teachers Union of Ireland (TUI) opposed the new public service agreement by 87% to 13% …” (more)

[Martin Wall and Sarah Bardon, Irish Times, 14 September]

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ASTI brings end to futile campaign that divided union

Posted in Teaching on June 12th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The vote by the country’s biggest secondary teachers’ union to suspend its long-running industrial action marks the end of a futile campaign which served to hurt members, disrupt students and divide the union …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 11 June]

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ASTI to suspend all industrial action

Posted in Governance and administration on June 10th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The ASTI is to immediately suspend all industrial action relating to the Lansdowne Road Agreement (LRA) and Junior Certificate reform. The decision was taken by a special convention of ASTI members held in the Citywest Hotel, Dublin today …” (more)

[, 10 June]

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TUI News Ballot Special

Posted in Governance and administration on May 30th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“This ballot concerns the proposed TUI, DES and THEA Agreement, May 2017, on Technological Universities. If members vote to accept the proposed agreement, the current industrial action (that is, not to cooperate with any merger activities relating to the proposed Technological Universities) will be suspended …” (more)

[Teachers’ Union of Ireland, 30 May]

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LYIT Student Union survey shows large number rely on Bus Eireann services

Posted in Governance and administration on March 27th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“A survey of 100 LYIT Students taken in January by LYIT Student Union, shows that 62% use Bus Eireann services for getting to and from college.The Union of Students in Ireland President, Annie Hoey, has joined in calling on Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport, Shane Ross, to intervene in the ongoing national strike …” (more)

[Ocean FM, 25 March]

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Unite Attacks New Policy on External Contractors, as Dispute with College Continues

Posted in Governance and administration on March 25th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Unite, one of the two trade unions threatening strike action in Trinity, has denounced College’s new policy on the employment of external contractors, as revealed by The University Times this week …” (more)

[Dominic McGrath, University Times, 24 March]

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IFUT to Ballot Members Over Joining Strike Action

Posted in Governance and administration on March 23rd, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The Irish Federation of University Teachers (IFUT) is to ballot its Trinity members on strike action, following the College’s decision to no longer offer permanent contracts or promotions to support and administrative staff …” (more)

[Róisín Power, University Times, 22 March]

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Support staff at Trinity College vote for industrial action

Posted in Governance and administration on March 16th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Service and support staff in Trinity College Dublin who are represented by the Unite trade union have voted overwhelmingly for industrial action in a dispute over contracts. Unite said the vote for industrial action followed a decision by management at the university to halt unilaterally future promotions for support and service staff, while also employing future personnel on five-year instead of permanent contracts …” (more)

[Martin Wall, Irish Times, 15 March]

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SIPTU members in Trinity College Dublin vote for strike action

Posted in Governance and administration on March 11th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“SIPTU members working in Trinity College Dublin have voted overwhelmingly in favour of industrial and strike action, in a dispute concerning the failure of management to offer permanent contracts to staff, in a ballot counted in Liberty Hall …” (more)

[Anne Marie Walsh, Independent, 10 March]

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Unite to Organise Ballot, as Hopes Fade of Deal with College

Posted in Governance and administration on March 7th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The Unite trade union, one of the unions representing administrative and service staff in Trinity, is to organise a ballot on industrial action, as hopes fade for a resolution to their ongoing dispute with College …” (more)

[Dominic McGrath, University Times, 6 March]

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Far From a Nuisance, Industrial Action the Only Leverage Left for Trinity Academics

Posted in Governance and administration on February 28th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Trade unions generally have a bad reputation as troublemakers, rabble-rousers and disruptive forces in the workplace. Consider the LUAS strikes last year – the narrative was very quickly manipulated to portray the dispute as one in which lazy workers were demanding an exorbitant pay increase, caring not a whit for the inconvenienced passengers …” (more)

[Dermot Frost, University Times, 27 February]

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Siptu members announce one-day work stoppage at CIT Student Services

Posted in Governance and administration on February 28th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Staff at Cork Institute of Technology’s (CIT) Student Services have announced a one-day work stoppage in their pay dispute. The Siptu members at the centre, which delivers services to students including catering and shops, carry out the work stoppage and place pickets at the institute on Thursday between 7am and 7pm …” (more)

[Evening Echo, 27 February]

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Trinity College Dublin staff to ballot for industrial action

Posted in Governance and administration on February 20th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Up to 700 non-academic staff at Trinity College Dublin (TCD) are to ballot for industrial and strike action in a dispute over access to permanent contracts. The workers, who are represented by Siptu, include security guards and administrative, maintenance and library staff …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 20 February]

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ASTI to continue industrial action

Posted in Teaching on February 12th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“ASTI leaders have confirmed that various forms of industrial action will continue in about 500 schools following their members’ rejection of the latest proposals on pay and junior cycle …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 11 February]

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Students must show solidarity with Trade Unions

Posted in Governance and administration on January 26th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Faced with the growing commercialisation of College, students have no choice but to support industrial action. For the first time in years Trinity faces the prospect of industrial action. The current impasse between non-academic staff and College could be ended through a negotiated settlement …” (more)

[Oisin Coulter, Trinity News, 25 January]

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