Varadkar says public service pay and reforms to form part of new talks

Posted in Governance and administration on January 16th, 2022 by steve

Ireland“The Government expects salary increases for public servants to form part of new pay talks which will commence in Autumn. Tánaiste Leo Varadkar said on Sunday that with rising inflation, it was inevitable that any negotiations for a new agreement between the Government and public service unions would include pay hikes …” (more)

[Harry McGee, Irish Times, 16 January]

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Public service unions welcome restoration of working hours recommendation

Posted in Governance and administration on January 10th, 2022 by steve

Ireland“Public service unions have welcomed a recommendation that working hours be restored to pre-Haddington Road Agreement levels from next July. The 2013 deal increased the working week to 37 hours for those who had been working 35 hours or less up to that point. Those working more than 35 hours faced an increase of up to 39 hours …” (more)

[Mark Hilliard, Irish Times, 10 January]

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Pay proposals accepted by union members in the Royal College of Surgeons Ireland

Posted in Governance and administration on December 2nd, 2021 by steve

Ireland“SIPTU and the Irish Federation of University Teachers (IFUT) have today (Thursday, 2nd December) confirmed that union members working in the Royal College of Surgeons Ireland (RCSI) have accepted new pay proposals by an overwhelming majority …” (more)

[SIPTU, 2 December]

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University strike: QUB and Ulster University staff begin walk-out

Posted in Governance and administration on December 1st, 2021 by steve

“Some staff at Queen’s and Ulster universities are beginning three days of strike action. The University and College Union (UCU), which represents lecturers and support staff, is taking the action over pay, workloads and pensions …” (more)

[Robbie Meredith, BBC News, 1 December]

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Queen’s and Ulster staff to stage three-day strike as part of UK-wide action at UK universities

Posted in Governance and administration on November 17th, 2021 by steve

“Staff at Queen’s University and Ulster University are to stage a three-day strike next month in disputes over pensions, pay and working conditions. The two Northern Ireland universities are two of 58 institutions that will be affected by the strikes across the UK before the Christmas break …” (more)

[Eleanor Busby and Gillian Halliday, Belfast Telegraph, 16 November]

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Student Nurses protest poor conditions and pay in INMO protest

Posted in Governance and administration on November 17th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Over 200 people have attended a protest outside Leinster House to protest poor placement conditions and pay for Student Nurses. Student nurses and midwives have called for payment and better working conditions for quite some time …” (more)

[Michael Bolton, SIN, 16 November]

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Student nurses pay deal approved for €100 weekly accommodation allowance

Posted in Governance and administration on November 4th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“The Cabinet has agreed to new pay measures for student nurses which will see a new accommodation allowance of €100 from next January. The Minister for Health Stephen Donnelly briefed Ministers on a new report looking at longer term options for student nurses and midwives pay …” (more)

[Jennifer Bray, Irish Times, 4 November]

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Student nurses protest poor pay and placement conditions

Posted in Governance and administration on November 2nd, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Student nurses were being left ‘sleep deprived’ from having to work part-time jobs alongside their placements in hospitals, in order to afford accommodation and the cost of college …” (more)

[Jack Power, Irish Times, 2 November]

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Student Nurses, Midwives Protest at Dáil Over Unpaid Placements

Posted in Governance and administration on November 2nd, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Around 100 people assembled at the Dáil this afternoon to protest the decision to scrap the pandemic placement grant for student nurses and midwives. Attendees held signs saying ‘why are nurses priceless but penniless?’ and ‘education not exploitation’…” more)

[Mairead Maguire and Emer Moreau, University Times, 2 November]

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Where is the Response from Colleges to the HEA’s Discrimination Report?

Posted in Governance and administration on November 1st, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Irish universities have all but ignored a recent report from the Higher Education Authority detailing the inequalities that exist between white Irish staff and staff from minority ethnic backgrounds. That non-white Irish university employees are paid less than their white Irish counterparts, and are less likely to be on permanent contracts is deeply worrying – but for those at a disadvantage, it’s not a surprise …” (more)

[University Times, 31 October]

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Third Level Staff – Ethnic Minorities

Posted in Governance and administration on October 29th, 2021 by steve

IrelandEmer Higgins (Dublin Mid West, Fine Gael): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills if his attention has been drawn to the recent HEA survey which found that ethnic minorities in higher education more likely to be on lower pay; his views on same; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 21 October]

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Ending public service ‘austerity’ hours costs same as 11,000 new jobs, department says

Posted in Governance and administration on October 25th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“The cost of eliminating additional, unpaid working hours introduced for staff across the public service as part of austerity measures nearly a decade ago will be €645 million a year, the Department of Public Expenditure has forecast …” (more)

[Martin Wall, Irish Times, 25 October]

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Academic pay and ethnic minorities

Posted in Governance and administration, Research on October 20th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“A chara, – It is is difficult to see how the headline conclusion can reasonably be drawn from the Higher Education Authority survey into third-level pay as no factor other than ethnicity seems to have been taken into account (‘Ethnic minorities in higher education more likely to be on lower pay’, News, October 18th) …” (more)

[Dave Slater, Irish Times, 20 October]

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Pay rises for public servants ‘will cost €600m’, report says

Posted in Governance and administration on October 14th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Pay increases for public servants will cost around €600 million next year, according to a Government document. A Budget 2022 expenditure report details the financial impact of the public service pay agreement, ‘Building Momentum’ …” (more)

[Anne-Marie Walsh, Independent, 14 October]

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An Analysis of Graduate Earnings across Higher Education Institutions

Posted in Research on September 27th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“What graduates earn when they enter the workforce is not just influenced by where or what they study or their sector of employment – but also by their Leaving Certificate points and type of second level school they attended, new research has shown …” (more)

[Maura O’Shea, HEA, 27 September]

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New study reveals which college graduates earn most in the workplace

Posted in Research on September 27th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Trinity College Dublin students have the highest average earnings within a few years of graduation, followed by Dublin City University and University College Dublin, according to a study by the Higher Education Authority …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 27 September]

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Female graduates expect to earn less than men

Posted in Research on September 9th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Women graduates expect to be paid up to 14% less than men, despite new legislation that promises to address the gender pay gap. A survey of more than 10,000 third-level students reveals the low expectations of graduates in several disciplines …” (more)

[Independent, 9 September]

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Students face 3% lower income over lifetime due to Covid-19

Posted in Research on June 14th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“The impact of Covid-19 on children’s education will widen the gap between rich and poor and impose long-term losses of income for all students, according to a policy document by Social Justice Ireland. It warns that pupils affected by the pandemic face long-term losses in income and an average student can expect about 3% lower earnings throughout their lifetime …” (more)

[Marie O’Halloran, Irish Times, 14 June]

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Nurses to get backdated promised €100 pandemic grant

Posted in Governance and administration on May 7th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Student nurses and midwives are set to receive a backdated promised Pandemic Placement Grant of €100 per week by 1 June, the Minister for Health has confirmed. The payment applies for weeks when the students in question were on placement in health care settings during the pandemic, and was recommended in a review by Professor Tom Collins …” (more)

[RTÉ News, 7 May]

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Number of TCD staff earning over €300,000 more than doubled last year

Posted in Governance and administration on April 18th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“The number of staff at Trinity College Dublin earning over €300,000 per annum more than doubled last year to 13. That is according to the 2020 annual report for the college which shows that TCD’s operating losses also more than doubled to €16.37 million as it grappled with the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic …” (more)

[Gordon Deegan, Irish Times, 18 April]

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