Leaving Cert: Teachers seek safeguards against parental pressure on grades

Posted in Teaching on May 9th, 2020 by steve

“One of the country’s biggest teachers’ union is calling for clear ‘safeguards’ to prevent pressure being applied to teachers from parents over Leaving Cert calculated grades. Minister for Education Joe McHugh announced on Friday that the State exams will not go ahead this summer for the first time in almost 100 years …” (more)

[Jack Power and Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 9 May]

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More strikes likely as ASTI ballots members over lower pay arrangements

Posted in Governance and administration on February 4th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“The next government is facing potentially more industrial unrest in schools as the Association of Secondary Teachers Ireland (ASTI) on Tuesday said it expected its members to resoundingly back industrial action in a forthcoming ballot. About 450 second level schools as well as institutes of technology and centres of further education were closed on Tuesday as a result of a one-day stoppage by members of the Teachers’ Union of Ireland (TUI) over lower pay arrangements for staff recruited since 2011 …” (more)

[Martin Wall and Sarah Burns, Irish Times, 4 February]

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TUI warns pay inequality will not be tolerated

Posted in Governance and administration on April 23rd, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The Teacher’s Union of Ireland (TUI) warned the Government that while moves to increase pay for young teachers is welcome and overdue, ongoing pay inequality will not be tolerated. TUI General Secretary John MacGabhann warned delegates at their annual conference in Killarney that the Government must realise that teacher unions will not tolerate pay inequality under any circumstances …” (more)

[Ralph Riegel, Independent, 23 April]

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1% corporate tax ‘would give us €550m more for education’

Posted in Governance and administration on April 19th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“A special corporate tax levy of 1% has been proposed by the Teachers’ Union of Ireland (TUI) to add more than €550m per annum to the Irish education sector. TUI general secretary John MacGabhann warned that adequate funding for the education sector was now of paramount importance …” (more)

[Ralph Riegel, Independent, 19 April]

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TUI urges 1% levy on corporation profits to fund higher education

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on April 19th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The Government should introduce a 1% levy on corporation profits to generate a dedicated fund to finance higher education, the Teachers’ Union of Ireland (TUI) has urged. In an address to the union’s annual conference in Cork, its general secretary John MacGabhann said there was a funding crisis in third-level education which needed to be addressed urgently …” (more)

[Martin Wall, Irish Times, 18 April]

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1% levy on corporate profits to bridge 3rd-level fund gap

Posted in Governance and administration on April 14th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“A 1% levy on corporate profits could secure most of the €600m needed to bridge third-level funding gaps, a teachers’ union claims. The idea has been proposed by the Teachers’ Union of Ireland (TUI) which represents 4,000 institute of technology lecturers, as a solution to the higher education funding crisis and to ease staffing shortages in many sectors …” (more)

[Niall Murray, Irish Examiner, 14 April]

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Corporate levy would comprehensively tackle higher education funding crisis

Posted in Governance and administration on April 13th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The Teachers’ Union of Ireland (TUI) has called for the application of a 1% levy on corporate profits to tackle the funding crisis afflicting the Irish higher education sector. The union has highlighted how such a measure would have raised an additional €549m in funding for the sector in 2015 …” (more)

[Teachers’ Union of Ireland, 13 April]

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TUI calls for application of corporate levy to tackle higher education funding crisis

Posted in Governance and administration on March 24th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“The Teachers’ Union of Ireland (TUI) has called for the application of a 1% levy to corporate profits in order to generate additional funding for the resource-starved higher education sector. The union represents 15,000 members, including 4,000 members in Institutes of Technology …” (more)

[Teachers’ Union of Ireland, 24 March]

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TUI warns of more lecturer strikes at institutes of technology

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

Ireland“The Teachers’ Union of Ireland (TUI) has warned there will be further industrial action in institutes of technology if there is no response by Government to its concerns over funding and staffing levels in the sector …” (more)

[Martin Wall, Irish Times, 3 February]

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Majority of union and lobby group bosses refuse to disclose salaries

Posted in Governance and administration on November 24th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“… All of the main teaching organisations were happy to disclose either salaries or pay scales. TUI general secretary John MacGabhann earns between €127,796 and €146,191; INTO general secretary Sheila Nunan is paid between €119,381 and €136,276; while ASTI general secretary Pat King is on a salary of €134,000. Irish Federation of University Teachers general secretary Mike Jennings is on a salary of between €78,321 and €103,261. In stark contrast …” (more)

[Shane Phelan and others, Independent, 24 November]

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How did Jan O’Sullivan do at the teachers conferences?

Posted in Governance and administration on April 11th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Ministers are used to being booed and heckled at teacher conferences but not Minister for Education Jan O’Sullivan. A warm reception from the INTO in her home county of Clare was followed by high praise from the TUI in Wexford …” (more)

[Joe Humphreys, Irish Times, 11 April]

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TUI backs off from solo run on junior cycle dispute

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

Ireland“The Teachers Union of Ireland (TUI) has deferred a decision on whether to escalate the junior cycle dispute to include a withdrawal of teacher participation in after-school sports and other extra-curricular activities …” (more)

[Joe Humphreys, Irish Times, 9 April]

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Teachers and lecturers may take strike action if not paid equally, TUI forum told

Posted in Governance and administration on April 8th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Teachers and lecturers may take strike action unless they are paid equally, regardless of when they began in the profession, following a decision taken on the first day of the Teachers’ Union of Ireland (TUI) conference in Wexford …” (more)

[Peter McGuire, Irish Times, 8 April]

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Teachers want pay rises ‘with no strings’ attached – TUI

Posted in Governance and administration on April 7th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Teachers want pay rises ‘with no strings’ attached, a union leader said today. With talks about to get under way on the first pay increases for public servants since the before the crash, the Teachers Union of Ireland (TUI) say ‘any increase in income should come without productivity conditions’ …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 7 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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New bid to resolve Junior Cert row likely next week

Posted in Teaching on January 23rd, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Mediator hopeful that further talks will be more productive. A new approach to breaking the impasse over Junior Cert reform is expected in talks arranged for next Thursday …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 23 January]

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Parents’ group says teacher unions using children as pawns

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

Ireland“ASTI president tells convention that strike action is only option available to members. Secondary teachers have been urged to call off industrial action scheduled to take place in December and January …” (more)

[Claire O’Brien, Irish Times, 16 November]

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Lecturers seek rethink on technological universities plan

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

Ireland“TUI says insistence on mergers ‘is more related to rationalisation’ than academic merit. Lecturers at institutes of technology are urging the Government to rethink its insistence on college mergers before they can gain university status …” (more)

[Joe Humphreys, Irish Times, 30 October]

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Junior Cert results point to progress in science and maths

Posted in Teaching on September 10th, 2014 by steve

“Junior Cert results out today indicate that performance in science and mathematics continues to improve, reflecting similar progress in the senior cycle …” (more)

[Joe Humphreys, Irish Times, 10 September]

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Government ‘working hard’ to provide young with options

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

“Tánaiste Joan Burton has said youth unemployment is a ‘very important issue’ and that the Government was working hard to provide young people with positive options. She was commenting after an OECD report found that …” (more)

[Joe Humphreys, Irish Times, 9 September]

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