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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UCD to appeal WRC ruling over age discrimination

Posted in Legal issues on April 26th, 2018 by steve

“UCD is to appeal a Workplace Relations Commission (WRC) ruling that the university discriminated against a member of its academic staff on the ground of age. In a communication to staff, college president Andrew Deeks said UCD does not accept the finding and the university will be appealing the decision to the Labour Court …” (more)

[RTÉ News, 26 April]

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‘Landmark decision’ by Labour Court on fixed-term contacts for researchers

Posted in Legal issues on December 12th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The Labour Court this week ordered the re-employment of a researcher made redundant by Maynooth University in April 2016. The ruling resulted from a case taken by the Irish Federation of University Teachers (IFUT) under Fixed-TermWorkers legislation …” (more)

[Irish Federation of University Teachers, 12 December]

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NUI Galway lecturer wins Labour Court case over promotion

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on October 23rd, 2017 by steve

Ireland“One of five female academics who initiated action against NUI Galway over lack of promotion has won her case in the Labour Court and has been promoted by the university …” (more)

[Lorna Siggins, Irish Times, 23 October]

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NUIG academic challenges ‘flawed’ inquiry on claims against him

Posted in Legal issues on September 6th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“A senior academic at the National University of Ireland Galway (NUIG) has brought a High Court challenge over what he says is a flawed investigation into claims he tried to sabotage a colleague’s career …” (more)

[Aodhan O’Faolain, Irish Times, 5 September]

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Seeking justice: Woman lecturer takes case against NUIG to Labour Court today

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on May 5th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Today Dr Elizabeth Tilley is taking her Labour Court case. Dr Tilley is one of the five women shortlisted and deemed eligible along with Micheline Sheehy Skeffington, all of whom were not promoted in 2008/9, that this campaign has been supporting in their fight for promotion …” (more)

[Micheline’s Three Conditions, 5 May]

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UCC must conduct fresh interview of lecturer for promotion

Posted in Legal issues on April 7th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“University College Cork has been instructed to re-interview one of the college’s lecturers for promotion after the Labour Court heard the original selection process was seriously flawed. Declan Jordan, a UCC economics lecturer, claimed he was improperly denied promotion to the position of senior lecturer which he applied for in November 2012, despite being eligible …” (more)

[The Labour Court determination is here]
[Seán McCárthaigh, Irish Examiner, 7 April]

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Labour Court Recommendations: Tyndall Institute

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on January 30th, 2016 by steve

IrelandMichael McGrath (Cork South Central, Fianna Fail): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills to outline the steps she is taking to ensure that the Labour Court Recommendation LCR20577 in respect of a Labour Court hearing on 29 May 2013, relating to the pay of four workers at University College Cork Tyndall Institute, is fully implemented; if she will provide an update on the issue; and if she will make a statement on the matter … ” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 28 January]

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NUIG staff should undergo gender bias training, report says

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

Ireland“All senior management staff at NUI Galway should undergo ‘unconscious bias training’ to counteract discrimination against women, a gender equality taskforce has recommended. In a progress report to go before the university’s council today, the group chaired by external academic Prof Jane Grimson calls for the creation of a new post of vice-president of equality and diversity …” (more)

[Joe Humphreys, Irish Times, 23 June]

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Trade union wins low pay appeal against NUI Galway

Posted in Legal issues on June 3rd, 2015 by steve

Ireland“The Labour Court has told NUI Galway that it was wrong to impose a lower rate of pay on a female lecturer it employed in 2011. Trade union SIPTU won its appeal against NUIG in relation to the appropriate pay scale of one of its members …” (more)

[Dara Bradley, Galway City Tribune, 2 June]

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Expert declines ‘mudflap’ role on gender equality taskforce

Posted in Governance and administration on May 16th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“UL’s Prof Pat O’Connor airs ‘serious reservations’ on make-up of NUIG committee. University of Limerick (UL) expert on gender equality has turned down an invitation to advise an NUI Galway (NUIG) taskforce, saying she will not be used as a ‘corporate mudflap’ by the institution …” (more)

[Lorna Siggins, Irish Times, 15 May]

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Unions back female NUIG lecturers in court actions over promotions

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on April 30th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Four female lecturers at NUI Galway (NUIG) have secured trade union backing for two court challenges which they are pursuing over lack of promotion. The Irish Federation of University Teachers (IFUT) and Siptu have pledged support for the cases …” (more)

[Lorna Siggins, Irish Times, 30 April]

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Exam timetables cause confusion in DIT

Posted in Governance and administration, Teaching on December 10th, 2014 by steve

Ireland“Students and staff at DIT have been left confused and misinformed surrounding the dates for their upcoming Christmas examinations due to its proposed merge with ITT and ITB next year. With exams scheduled for both before and after Christmas, the academic calendar has persisted to be a topic of uncertainty among students …” (more)

[The College View, 10 December]

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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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Third-level dilemma: do we want best universities or the cheapest?

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on September 25th, 2013 by steve

“Raising the cost of third-level fees is one of the most controversial decisions the Fine Gael-Labour Coalition has taken while in government. The issue has been fought hard by all of the main parties involved – the Union of Students Ireland, Education Minister Ruairi Quinn and the universities …”(more)

[Sarah McCabe, Independent, 25 September]

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Academics at NUI Galway get pay increase reinstated

Posted in Governance and administration on July 2nd, 2013 by steve

“Associate professors at NUI Galway have had an increase in pay reinstated following a ruling of the Labour Court. The case before the court involved a dispute between NUI Galway, represented by IBEC, and academic staff, represented by SIPTU, in relation to the pay of associate professors …” (more)

[The law report is here]
[Dara Bradley, Connacht Sentinel, 1 July]

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Researchers at UCC’s National Tyndall Institute warn of possible industrial action over pay rates

Posted in Governance and administration on June 7th, 2013 by steve

“Dissatisfaction over pay has caused a scientist at one of Ireland’s leading research centres to move away from the facility. Researchers at the Tyndall National Institute have also warned they may be forced to undertake industrial action if the Government doesn’t address pay and pension inequities …” (more)

[Barry Roche, Irish Times, 7 June]

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College backs down in redundancy dispute

Posted in Legal issues on January 24th, 2013 by steve

“College authorities have backed down in the long-running industrial dispute over staff redundancies in Trinity and begun re-hiring the staff laid off in late 2011 and early 2012. The move comes as a resolution to a nine-month stalemate following a Labour Court recommendation in April 2012 …” (more)

[Ronan Burtenshaw, Trinity News, 23 January]

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Teacher’s Pet

Posted in Governance and administration on October 30th, 2012 by steve

“… Minister for Education Ruairi Quinn’s amendment to the Universities Act, which requires colleges to comply with Government pay rules, is causing consternation across higher education. Mike Jennings, the astute head of the Irish Federation of University Teachers, sees it as the ‘biggest threat to university autonomy in decades’ …” (more)

[Seán Flynn, Irish Times, 30 October]

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