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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Public Service Stability Agreement 2013-2020 and the Public Service Pay and Pensions Act 2017 – Application of revised rates of salary with effect from 1 October 2020

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

Ireland“The Minister for Education and Skills and the Minister for Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science wishes to inform of the application of revised rates of salary with effect from 1 October 2020 …” (more)

[DES, 16 September]

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Pay rises unlikely for public servants in 2021, garda reps told

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

Ireland“Public servants are unlikely to receive any pay rises in 2021, though the Government is not planning a return to the FEMPI austerity measures introduced during the financial crisis, An Garda Síochána representative bodies were told today …” (more)

[Ingrid Miley, RTÉ News, 14 September]

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New public sector pay deal to be explored

Posted in Governance and administration on September 9th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“The Government is to explore a new public sector pay deal with servants, even though it doesn’t have any available funds for any increases without adding to the National Debt. Public Expenditure Minister Michael McGrath told Cabinet yesterday he had instructed his officials to undertake ‘exploratory’ talks with the public services committee of ICTU over the coming weeks …” (more)

[Senan Molony and Hugh O’Connell, Independent, 8 September]

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Dutch university protests, start of another year …

Posted in Governance and administration on September 5th, 2020 by steve

“Last Monday was the opening of the academic year at Dutch Universities. Over the last three years, it has become a tradition for the activist group WOinActie to organise some sort of protest. This year, there was the challenge of how to organise a protest given COVID, but a solution was found …” (more)

[Ingrid Robeyns, Crooked Timber, 5 September]

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ASTI seeks agreement on pay as State plans to hire 1,000 teachers

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

Ireland“One of the country’s largest teaching unions has warned that plans to hire more than 1,000 extra teachers for secondary schools will not be achieved unless the issue of pay parity within the profession is addressed. The Association of Secondary Teachers of Ireland has called on the Government to commit to the restoration of equal pay for individuals who had taken up teaching posts after 2010 if it was serious about recruiting and retaining 1,080 additional secondary teachers …” (more)

[Seán McCárthaigh, Irish Times, 3 August]

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Intern Nurses Will Not Receive Pay Cut After Graduating

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

Ireland“Student nurses who are currently on internships will not receive pay cuts when they graduate, the HSE has said. Student nurses have faced uncertainty in recent weeks over whether interns would be subject to pay cuts when they completed their internships, as the starting pay for a graduate nurse is less than that of a healthcare assistant …” (more)

[Emer Moreau, University Times, 23 July]

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Nursing Interns to Stay on Pandemic Pay Rates Through September, says INMO

Posted in Teaching on July 17th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“The Irish Nursing and Midwives Organisation (INMO) have announced that final year nursing interns will not receive a pay cut this September. In a statement made on Twitter on July 9th, INMO said: ‘… the Department of Health and HSE have agreed to continue to pay interns at the current HCA rate until the end of their internship’ …” (more)

[Isobel Dunne, College Tribune, 17 July]

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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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