Unions concerned by plan to give business bigger say in university funding

Posted in Governance and administration on December 17th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Trade unions are seeking an urgent meeting with the Minister for Education to raise ‘grave concerns’ over plans to give big business a greater say in where hundreds of millions of euro in university investment will be spent. It follows an Irish Times report which said a new ‘oversight arrangement’ is to be established which will facilitate employers having a greater say in the strategic direction of €300 million in education spending …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 17 December]

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Two-tier Junior Cert looms as ASTI deals with internal dispute

Posted in Teaching on January 6th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Junior Cycle students are facing the prospect of a two-tier exam system as schools reopen without any resolution of the row over reforms …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 6 January]

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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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Teachers face double vote on junior cycle

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

Ireland“Secondary teachers receiving their Junior Cycle ballot papers this week are facing not one but two questions to vote on. The first is whether to accept the compromise plan negotiated between union leaders and department officials last May …” (more)

[Joe Humphreys, Irish Times, 8 September]

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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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ASTI conference hears call for reversal of pay cuts of 2011

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

Ireland“Teachers at the ASTI conference have called for a reversal of the pay cuts which were introduced in 2011 and an end to different pay scales for teachers based on when they entered the profession …” (more)

[Peter McGuire, Irish Times, 9 April]

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Teachers threaten further strike action over Junior Cycle plan

Posted in Teaching on March 31st, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Secondary school teachers are threatening further strike action over plans to reform of the Junior Cycle, predicting the industrial relations dispute will continue into next year. Association of Secondary Teachers Ireland (ASTI) general secretary Pat King said the decision for a third strike date would depend on whether ‘any precipitous action on the part of the department or the Minister’ was taken ….” (more)

[Joe Humphreys, Irish Times, 31 March]

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Teachers’ union ‘too busy’ to invite Education Minister to annual conference

Posted in Governance and administration on March 18th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“The Association of Secondary Teachers in Ireland (ASTI) has stated that its executive was ‘too busy’ to issue an invitation to Education Minister Jan O’Sullivan to attend its annual conference …” (more)

[BreakingNews.ie, 18 March]

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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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ICTU: Govt needs to stop ‘talking to themselves’ over public sector pay

Posted in Governance and administration on January 21st, 2015 by steve

Ireland“The incoming head of the Irish Congress of Trade Unions says the Government is ‘talking to itself’ over a prospective public sector pay deal. SIPTU Vice President Patricia King – who will lead ICTU from March – says she has had no engagement with the Coalition about a successor to the Croke Park and Haddington Road Agreements …” (more)

[BreakingNews.ie, 21 January]

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Teachers ready for ‘long, protracted’ dispute over Junior Cert, unions warn

Posted in Teaching on December 4th, 2014 by steve

Ireland“Teachers protesting changes to the Junior Certificate are ‘ready for the long haul’ following a first day-long strike unions say attracted significant support …” (more)

[Mark Hilliard, Irish Times, 4 December]

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Secondary school teachers announce two days of strike action

Posted in Teaching on November 14th, 2014 by steve

Ireland“Second level teachers have announced two days of strike action over plans to reform the Junior Cert. The ASTI and TUI unions will strike on Tuesday, December 2, and a further day in January …” (more)

[BreakingNews.ie, 14 November]

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ASTI: Government must do more to protect education

Posted in Governance and administration on October 14th, 2014 by steve

Ireland“Today’s Budget announcement will do nothing to prevent the ongoing damage to second-level schools and to students’ education caused by years of education cuts, the ASTI said today …” (more)

[ASTI, 14 October]

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ASTI threatens series of strikes following ballot

Posted in Teaching on October 8th, 2014 by steve

Ireland“The 17,000 members of the country’s largest second-level teaching union have threatened a campaign of strikes over plans to have members assess their own pupils as part of the new Junior Cycle student award …” (more)

[Stephen Rogers, Irish Examiner, 8 October]

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ASTI votes to extend industrial action over plan to abolish State exam at Junior Cycle

Posted in Governance and administration on October 7th, 2014 by steve

Ireland“ASTI members have voted overwhelmingly to extend the union’s industrial action over plans by the Minister for Education and Skills to implement the Framework for Junior Cycle. ASTI members have voted by 84% to 16% in favour of extending industrial action …” (more)

[ASTI, 7 October]

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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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‘Positive’ meeting on education reforms

Posted in Teaching on September 4th, 2014 by steve

“The first meeting between Education Minister Jan O’Sullivan and the second-level teacher unions about the thorny issue of Junior Cycle reform has been described as positive by both sides …” (more)

[Independent, 4 September]

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ASTI: Ballot on Junior Cert reform ‘could result in strike action’

Posted in Teaching on August 25th, 2014 by steve

“The country’s largest teachers’ union says strike action could be on the cards over the Government’s Junior Cert reform. The ASTI says its members will be balloted next month over the plans, ‘and if necessary could push it to the limit’ …” (more)

[BreakingNews.ie, 25 August]

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Unions welcome ESRI call for ‘sea change’ in secondary school teaching

Posted in Teaching on August 12th, 2014 by steve

“Ireland’s largest teachers union has welcomed an ESRI report which has called for a ‘sea change’ in the way secondary schools teach. The report called for a move away from ‘rote learning’ to more group projects and independent thought …” (more)

[BreakingNews.ie, 12 August]

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Pat King condemns death threats and abuse of Ruairi Quinn

Posted in Legal issues, Teaching on April 24th, 2014 by steve

“Death threats on a website run by some of his own union’s members were alleged by ASTI’s general secretary yesterday, as he rounded on delegates who abused Education Minister Ruairi Quinn this week …” (more)

[Niall Murray, Irish Examiner, 24 April]

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