TDs and senators will get their 2% pay rise this year

Posted in Governance and administration on July 1st, 2020 by steve

Ireland“TDs, senators and the public service workforce are set for a 2% pay rise in October, the new Expenditure Minister has signalled. Michael McGrath indicated that the Government will honour the wage increase due under a pay deal …” (more)

[Anne-Marie Walsh, Independent, 1 July]

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Male graduates paid average €3,000 more than women for their first job

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

Ireland“Male graduates in their 20s are paid an average €3,000 a year more than their female counterparts in their first job after leaving college. The gender pay gap for the under 30s – predominantly honours degree graduates – rises to an average €4,500 when all ages are included …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 12 June]

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€201k salary for Trinity College head breaches approved limit

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on June 4th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“The head of Ireland’s oldest university, Trinity College Dublin, has been overpaid since 2011 as his salary is ‘in breach’ of what was approved by the Department of Education. Paddy Prendergast is paid €201,000 a year, but an external audit report, seen by the Irish Examiner, concludes that benefit-in-kind relating to his use of the provost’s lodge on campus exceeded the approved rate …” (more)

[Daniel McConnell, Irish Examiner, 4 June]

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Can public sector pay rises be justified during coronavirus?

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

Ireland“Up to 1.2m workers in the private sector have lost their jobs, had their pay cut or are on some form of State support since the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic. On the other hand, you have about 300,000 public sector employees who are not only safe from a pay reduction but are set to receive pay increases later this year. Under the final phase of the current public sector pay deal, all 330,000 public servants including nurses, teachers, gardaí and council staff are due to get a 2% pay rise in October …” (more)

[Daniel McConnell, Irish Examiner, 30 May]

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Finance Minister Confirms Public Sector Pay Rise

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

Ireland“The Finance Minister has confirmed that public sector workers will get a planned pay rise in October. Unions have been campaigning for the increase to go ahead despite the predicted 30 billion euro hole in the state’s finances due to the Covid-19 pandemic …” (more)

[Kim Buckley, Today FM, 29 May]

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NUIG postgraduates launch petition for ‘fair working environment’

Posted in Governance and administration on May 21st, 2020 by steve

Ireland“NUI Galway’s Postgraduate Workers Alliance launched a petition this week calling for ‘a fair working environment and Covid-19 response’ for PhD and post-doctoral researchers at the university …” (more)

[Kernan Andrews, Galway Advertiser, 21 May]

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Unions insist public sector’s 2% pay rise must be honoured

Posted in Governance and administration on May 18th, 2020 by steve

“Union leaders have said a 2% pay rise for the public sector must go ahead as planned in October, despite the dire state of the country’s finances following the coronavirus lockdown. Patricia King, general secretary of the Irish Congress of Trade Unions (Ictu), also said at the weekend that the minimum wage should be increased from €10.10 to €12.30 …” (more)

[Laura Lynott, Independent, 18 May]

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Student nurses deserve to be paid

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

Ireland“The current pandemic situation has brought us all to a standstill. It is at times like this that we truly realise the value of our frontline staff: the various nurses, doctors and other healthcare workers who are going out to face this everyday. Imagine for a second that you’re in this position, imagine how worried you’d be, going into work everyday, afraid that you’d fall ill. Now imagine that you’re not even being paid for this work …” (more)

[Chloe Mant, Trinity News, 12 May]

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UCD Students’ Union Hits Back At University Observer Over Staff Wage Cuts

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

“UCD Students’ Union (SU) have retained all their staff since the temporary closure of their shops on campus, despite losing all shop income. In a statement today, the SU has responded to an article published in the University Observer, the SU’s own newspaper, highlighting that although pay cuts have been made, they have ‘not laid off a single member of [their] staff’, keeping all 41 on the payroll …” (more)

[Conor Capplis, College Tribune, 28 April]

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Casual Staff Will be Paid for Rostered Hours During College Closure

Posted in Governance and administration on April 15th, 2020 by steve

“Trinity’s casual staff will be paid for their rostered hours for the duration of the College’s closure, even if their classes do not go ahead online. Trinity’s members of the Irish Federation of University Teachers (IFUT) sought confirmation from College’s HR department that casual workers – including TAs and many postgraduate students – would receive payment for any hours they were scheduled to work during the crisis …” (more)

[Emer Moreau, University Times, 15 April]

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Six staff at Trinity College earned over €300,000 each last year

Posted in Governance and administration on April 11th, 2020 by steve

“Six members of staff at Trinity College Dublin (TCD) earned more than €300,000 each last year. No staff members earned above that limit the previous year. According to the university’s annual accounts, the top earner at the college received between €360,000 and €370,000 in 2019. In common with other universities that have medical schools attached, the top earners would be academic medical consultants and their pay is set by the HSE …” (more)

[Gordon Deegan, Irish Times, 10 April]

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Fourth-year nursing students to be paid more

Posted in Governance and administration on April 7th, 2020 by steve

“Fourth-year nursing students who are currently working as interns in hospitals are set to be paid more, the Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation has confirmed. In an update to its student members the INMO said that the Department of Health and the Health Service Executive had clarified that fourth-year interns, who were earning less than Healthcare Assistants (HCAs), will now be paid on the HCA salary scale …” (more)

[RTÉ News, 7 April]

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Student nurses to be paid for duration of coronavirus pandemic

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

“Student nurses will be paid for working in the health service for the duration of the Covid-19 pandemic, Health Minister Simon Harris has confirmed. Around 4,000 student nurses and midwives will be offered a contract as a Healthcare Assistant – which commands a salary of around €28,000 per year – and be paid accordingly …” (more)

[Hugh O’Connell, Independent, 26 March]

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Govt looking at student nurses being paid – Varadkar

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

“Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has said the Government is examining the issue of student nurses working in hospitals during the Covid-19 emergency and not getting paid. He said the Minister Health Simon Harris would have proposals on the issue shortly …” (more)

[Aisling Kenny, RTÉ News, 25 March]

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USI calls for student nurses to be paid during Covid-19 crisis

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

“The Union of Students in Ireland is calling for student nurses to be paid during the current health crisis. Standard practice means hundreds are in unpaid placements across the country to earn enough hours to get qualified …” (more)

[Irish Examiner, 25 March]

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Student nurses must be paid for vital work – Senator Máire Devine

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

“Sinn Féin Senator Máire Devine has called on the government to ensure that any student nurse who is working in the health service during this crisis be paid for their vital work. Speaking this morning, Seanadóir Devine said …” (more)

[Sinn Féin, 24 March]

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Kelly: Student nurses must be paid for work during Covid-19 pandemic

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

“Student nurses working in hospitals during the Covid-19 pandemic must be paid for their work, the Labour Party Health spokesman has urged. As previously reported by the Irish Examiner, the head of the Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation (INMO) has called for student nurses and midwives on unpaid placements during the Covid-19 pandemic to be treated as paid employees …” (more)

[Jess Casey, Irish Examiner, 24 March]

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Call for student nurses to be paid for placements during crisis

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

“Student nurses and midwives completing unpaid placements during the Covid-19 pandemic should be taken on as paid employees during the crisis, the head of the Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation (INMO) has urged …” (more)

[Jess Casey, Irish Examiner, 23 March]

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Staff Continue to Receive Pay as Campus Shuts for Business

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

“Businesses on UCD campus and around Ireland have abruptly shut down due to the university shutdown, which has affected their staff. This is one of many disruptive changes on campus during the COVID-19 pandemic. The UCD Clubhouse has been forced to close its doors for an indeterminate length of time. While many students would give their right arm to be back there now, the closure means uncertainty for its staff. The bar has committed to pay all full-time salaried staff and also part-time staff up to the end of the current published roster …” (more)

[Conor Paterson, College Tribune, 22 March]

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Trinity Confirms Abandonment of Casual Staff Pay Cuts

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

Ireland“Following major backlash from postgraduate students, Trinity’s Finance Committee has confirmed the restoration of pay rates for casual staff to their previous levels. Last month, The University Times reported that Trinity’s casual workers – including many TAs and postgraduate students – were facing pay cuts of almost 20% for their teaching duties …” (more)

[Alex Connolly, University Times, 3 March]

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