INMO Launches Petition to Pay Nursing Interns a Living Wage

Posted in Governance and administration on November 26th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“The Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation (INMO) has launched a petition calling on Minister for Health Stephen Donnelly to pay nursing interns the same rate as healthcare assistants. Final-year nursing students are required to complete an internship before finishing their degree. Interns are currently paid the minimum wage …” (more)

[Sárán Fogarty, University Times, 25 November]

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Talks on new pay deal for 340,000 public servants get green light

Posted in Governance and administration on November 24th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Talks on a new pay deal for 340,000 public servants are set to kick off after the government formally invited unions to negotiations. The Public Services Committee of the Irish Congress of Trade Unions met this morning and decided to accept an invitation on a successor to the current agreement …” (more)

[Anne-Marie Walsh, Independent, 24 November]

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Varadkar rules out ‘significant’ public service pay rise

Posted in Governance and administration on November 23rd, 2020 by steve

“Tánaiste and Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment Leo Varadkar has ruled out significant pay rises for government employees in the next public service agreement. But he described pay inequality for post-2012 recruits as an unfair ‘running sore’, which had never been intended to last forever …” (more)

[Ingrid Miley, RTÉ News, 23 November]

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Senator Hoey: Student Nurses ‘Can’t Live on Applause and Platitudes’

Posted in Teaching on November 22nd, 2020 by steve

Ireland“There have been renewed calls for Health Minister Stephen Donnelly and the HSE to end the practice of unpaid work by student nurses in hospitals across Ireland. The Labour Party’s spokeswoman for higher education, Senator Annie Hoey, called on the Government to act, reiterating that student nurses on the frontline ‘can’t live on applause and platitudes’ …” (more)

[Jack O’Gorman, College Tribune, 21 November]

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On social welfare, unable to buy a house: The reality facing Ireland’s academics

Posted in Life on November 18th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“‘I’ve never settled down. You can end up not having a family. I don’t have pets – I foster – as you just don’t know if you’re going to be around or not.’ Dr Ingrid Holme, adjunct research fellow in sociology at UCD, has worked as a lecturer and researcher in universities across Ireland and the UK for more than the past decade …” (more)

[Maria Delaney, Noteworthy.ie, 15 November]

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QUB paying 10 members of staff more than £150k

Posted in Governance and administration on November 12th, 2020 by steve

“Ten staff members at Queen’s University Belfast earn more than £150,000 annually, a new report has revealed. The TaxPayers’ Alliance today published its 2020 University Rich List. It ranks Queen’s 96th in the UK top 100 …” (more)

[Gillian Halliday, Belfast Telegraph, 12 November]

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Student nurses still reaching for financial relief

Posted in Governance and administration on November 12th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Student nurses are continuing the fight for paid placements during the global Covid-19 crisis. The INMO has released a statement pleading with the government to reinstate the temporary HCA initiative, that was opened last March and ended shortly after …” (more)

[Caitlin Reddie, Limerick Voice, 11 November]

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Student nurses working on the frontline still not being paid

Posted in Governance and administration on November 2nd, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Student nurses who are on the front line of the fight against Covid-19 are still not being paid, but they are hopeful the minister for Health Stephen Donnelly will listen to their pleas. The Department of Health is engaging with trade unions on revising the existing student nurse and midwife allowances for clinical placements, and they say the process should be completed ‘in the coming days’ …” (more)

[BreakingNews.ie, 2 November]

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In the School of Medicine, a Damning Report Begs the Question: What Now?

Posted in Governance and administration on October 26th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Few people are under the illusion that health-science placements are easy: long hours, truckloads of information to absorb, patients to care for and – in many cases – no pay. This newspaper has previously documented the gruelling conditions of a health science work placement. In 2019, health science students spoke about working two jobs to keep afloat, long days and nights, chaotic hospital scenes and no pay. One midwifery student went as far as saying that placement was akin to ‘slave labour’ …” (more)

[University Times, 25 October]

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Fórsa warns of ‘chaos’ without public service agreement

Posted in Governance and administration on October 22nd, 2020 by steve

Ireland“The largest public service union, Fórsa has warned of potential industrial relations chaos in the new year after the current Public Service Stability Agreement expires in December. Formal negotiations on a successor deal between the Government and public service unions have yet to get under way …” (more)

[Ingrid Miley, RTÉ News, 22 October]

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Student nurses and midwives are being exploited says union

Posted in Governance and administration on October 17th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Student nurses and midwives are being exploited during the Covid-19 pandemic, the Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation has claimed. It said on Friday that students on placements in hospitals across Ireland were facing additional Covid risks but were ‘effectively being asked to work as staff for no pay’ …” (more)

[Martin Wall, Irish Times, 16 October]

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McGrath ‘not sure’ new pay deal can be agreed

Posted in Governance and administration on October 6th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“The country is facing the threat of industrial unrest as public expenditure minister Michael McGrath warned that a new public-sector pay deal ‘simply may not be achievable’. In an interview with the Irish Examiner, Mr McGrath warned of a ‘messy and problematic’ fallout should a deal not be agreed …” (more)

[Daniel McConnell, Irish Examiner, 5 October]

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Third Level Staff – Precarity

Posted in Governance and administration on October 3rd, 2020 by steve

IrelandPaul Murphy (Dublin South West, RISE): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills if his attention has been drawn to the fact that the use of postgraduates in precarious positions for teaching and other duties is increasing in NUIG and that the university expects postgraduate workers to carry out unpaid teaching; if his attention has been drawn to the fact that postgraduates at NUIG have declared their intention to refuse to carry out work which is not remunerated at the existing collectively bargained rate; and the steps he will take to meet the demands of postgraduate workers (details supplied) …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 1 October]

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Nine UCC staff earn more than €240k as losses increase to €5.6m

Posted in Governance and administration on September 30th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Nine staff members at University College Cork (UCC) earned over €240,000 last year, compared to zero in that earning category in 2018. That is according to the 2019 financial statements for UCC, which show the college’s pre-tax losses last year increased more than four-fold to €5.6m …” (more)

[Gordon Deegan, Irish Examiner, 29 September]

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‘Our health is disregarded by Government’ – Tired student nurses continue to seek financial support

Posted in Governance and administration on September 29th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Student nurses are continuing the call on the Government for financial support as they continue to risk their health in COVID-filled hospitals on a full-time basis …” (more)

[Ali Condon, Extra.ie, 28 September]

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On the Exploitation of Postgraduates

Posted in Governance and administration, Teaching on September 27th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Thinking through the implications of Friday’s announcement for teaching I saw the following advice sent out to students from Maynooth University: ‘For the next few weeks most lectures will move online. You will be invited on-campus for practical classes, tutorials and for the teaching which requires a lot of interaction …'” (more)

[In the Dark, 27 September]

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University and college staff being paid in book tokens, Oireachtas told

Posted in Governance and administration on September 25th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Some staff at financially struggling universities and colleges are being paid in book tokens, the Oireachtas spending watchdog has heard. The Public Accounts Committee (PAC) is to ask the Higher Education Authority to appear before TDs to answer questions about the impact of gaping deficits in third-level funding …” (more)

[Brian Hutton and Shauna Bowers, Irish Times, 24 September]

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Further payments for high-earning public service staff to cost €42m

Posted in Governance and administration on September 24th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“New pay restoration measures due to be made to higher earning public-service personnel in the months ahead will cost €42 million, the Department of Public Expenditure has said. About 340,000 staff across the public service will receive pay increases of 2% from the beginning of October …” (more)

[Martin Wall, Irish Times, 24 September]

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Irish jobs: UCC, Trinity, UCD and more offer 100+ roles with incredible salaries

Posted in Governance and administration on September 23rd, 2020 by steve

Ireland“More than 100 jobs are currently up for grabs in Ireland’s top education institutions. You could be paid more than €150,000 a year to work in some of the country’s best universities. And while you’ll have to be very well qualified to work in many of these jobs, it always worth having a look as there are some very varied roles available …” (more)

[Sam Roberts, Irish Mirror, 22 September]

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Gender pay gap widening for graduates – survey

Posted in Research on September 22nd, 2020 by steve

Ireland“New research shows that female graduates in Ireland expect to earn up to 14% less than their male counterparts a year. The latest global talent market research by Irishjobs.ie, in partnership with employer brand specialist Universum, reveals a significant difference in the annual salary expectations of male and female graduates …” (more)

[RTÉ News, 22 September]

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