Belfast’s students backing university staff as 14 days of strikes begin over pay and pensions

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

“Students joined forces with university staff in Belfast yesterday as staff started 14 days of strike action. Members of the University and College Union (UCU) from Queen’s University, Belfast, Ulster University and the Open University were among those calling for action yesterday on pay and pensions …” (more)

[Allan Preston, Belfast Telegraph, 21 February]

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Solidarity with the UCU Strike!

Posted in Governance and administration on February 20th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“So the latest round of strikes by members of the University and College Union (UCU) began today. There will be fourteen days of strikes spread over four weeks between now and 13th March. The cause of the long-running dispute is twofold …” (more)

[In the Dark, 20 February]

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University lecturers begin two weeks of strike action

Posted in Governance and administration on February 20th, 2020 by steve

“Some lecturers at universities in Northern Ireland are beginning 14 days of strike action on Thursday. The action by University and College Union (UCU) members is due to a long-running dispute about pay and pensions …” (more)

[Robbie Meredith, BBC News, 20 February]

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Northern Ireland universities to face further strike action

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

“Queen’s University and Ulster University face further strike action from many lecturers and support staff. University and College Union (UCU) members at both universities previously walked out for eight days in November and December 2019. The union has now said its members will strike for a further 14 days from Thursday, 20 February …” (more)

[Robbie Meredith, BBC News, 4 February]

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UCU Strike Continues at QUB

Posted in Governance and administration on November 30th, 2019 by steve

“We are now mid-way through eight days of strike action taking place in 60 universities throughout the UK. Industrial action began on Monday 25 November and is scheduled to last until Wednesday 4 December, affecting over one million students. From Thursday 5th December, strike action will continue with many academics working to ‘action short of strike’, meaning they will not reschedule cancelled classes or cover for absent colleagues …” (more)

[Rachel Ashe, The Gown, 29 November]

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University strike: Queen’s and Ulster University staff walk out over pay

Posted in Governance and administration on November 25th, 2019 by steve

“Many lecturers and support staff at Queen’s University (QUB) and Ulster University (UU) are beginning eight days of strike action on Monday. The action by University and College Union (UCU) members is due to disputes over pay and pensions. The strike is expected to continue up to and including Wednesday, 4 December …” (more)

[Robbie Meredith, BBC News, 25 November]

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Queen’s and Ulster universities face eight-day strike

Posted in Governance and administration on November 7th, 2019 by steve

“Queen’s University and Ulster University face eight days of strike action from many lecturers and support staff, starting on 25 November. The action by University and College Union (UCU) members is due to disputes over pay and pensions. The walkout follows votes in favour of industrial action and will affect about 60 universities across the UK …” (more)

[Robbie Meredith, BBC News, 7 November]

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Public sector pay bill to jump €1bn next year as workforce to hit 410,000

Posted in Governance and administration on October 12th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The bill for public sector pay and pensions is set to rise by more than €1bn to a new peak next year. Wages for State workers and payments to pensioners will hit a combined total of €23bn. The pay bill is expected to increase by just under 5%, or €925m, to €19.6bn. Pension costs will jump 5.2%, or €166m, to €3.3bn …” (more)

[Anne-Marie Walsh, Independent, 12 October]

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Public sector pension levy won’t be abolished

Posted in Governance and administration on May 6th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The Government will face down any union demands to abolish the pension levy which was imposed on public sector workers during the financial crash, the Sunday Independent has learnt. Finance Minister Paschal Donohoe will vehemently oppose any changes to pension contributions paid by public sector workers during future pay talks with unions …” (more)

[Philip Ryan and Ralph Riegel, Independent, 5 May]

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The Public Service Superannuation (Age of Retirement) Act 2018

Posted in Legal issues, Life on February 8th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“IFUT have been receiving queries regarding the extension of the compulsory retirement age to 70, as a result of the Public Service Superannuation (Age of Retirement) Act 2018, which came into effect from 26 December 2018. The Department of Public Expenditure and Reform (DPER) has prepared the following FAQs which cover issues that have been arising since the enactment of the legislation, which members may find useful …” (more)

[IFUT, 7 February]

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Public Sector Pay

Posted in Governance and administration on January 31st, 2019 by steve

IrelandEamon Scanlon (Sligo-Leitrim, Fianna Fail): To ask the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the position regarding the 1% increase for public sector employees and in public service pensions which has not come in effect; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 30 January]

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Subsidiary responsible for €1.2m pension costs – UL

Posted in Governance and administration on January 25th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The University of Limerick (UL) says a subsidiary company will be responsible for the refund of costs arising from pension benefits worth a total of €1.2m for two of its staff, who were added to UL’s State-funded pension scheme even though they were not employed by the university …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 25 January]

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UL students may have got wrong exam results, PAC hears

Posted in Governance and administration on January 24th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The president of University of Limerick (UL) has played down concerns that hundreds of students may have received incorrect exam results over a period of many years. The Dáil’s Public Accounts Committee (PAC) on Thursday heard of serious concerns over the reliability of UL’s student records system …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 24 January]

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Public Accounts Committee to consider universities’ handling of staff pensions and severance

Posted in Governance and administration on January 24th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“On Thursday, Jan 24, the Public Accounts Committee will consider how certain third-level educational institutions have managed remuneration of senior staff and overseen the sale of a campus technology spinoff …” (more)

[Houses of the Oireachtas, 23 January]

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Public servants now allowed work until they are 70

Posted in Governance and administration on December 26th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Legislation that will allow public servants stay at work up to the age of 70 if they so choose has been signed into law by President Michael D Higgins. Previously, public servants had to retire by 65 at the latest, despite the fact that the age for qualifying for the State pension is 66 …” (more)

[RTÉ News, 26 December]

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New legislation to increase retirement age for public sector workers passed in Seanad

Posted in Governance and administration on December 21st, 2018 by steve

Ireland“There was some good news for public servants wishing to work longer as President Michael D Higgins is to sign a new law that will allow public sector workers work until the age of 70 …” (more)

[Christopher O’Brien, TheLiberal.ie, 20 December]

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No public funds for University of Limerick pension debacle

Posted in Governance and administration on December 14th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Taxpayers’ money will not pay for the more than €1 million that was added to the University of Limerick pensions bill referred to in last month’s Comptroller and Auditor General’s (C&AG) report …” (more)

[Andrew Carey, Limerick Post, 14 December]

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Public-sector pensions worth 80% more than those in private sector

Posted in Governance and administration on December 11th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Public-sector workers receive about nine times more pension tax relief per person, on average, than those in the private sector, new figures show, as pressure from the pensions industry mounts to retain the current generous tax relief regime in an effort to shore up private retirement savings …” (more)

[Fiona Reddan, Irish Times, 10 December]

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UL pledges to pay executives’ €1.2m pensions from private funding

Posted in Governance and administration on December 10th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“University of Limerick has insisted taxpayers’ money will not be used to fund moving two executives from a subsidiary company to its own State-funded pension scheme at a cost of more than €1 million …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 10 December]

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Public servants ‘in limbo’ as law to change retirement age faces ‘tight’ Christmas deadline

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on November 30th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Public servants who are set to receive a way out of compulsory retirement could be forced to retire anyway with legislation to extend the age to 70 facing a ‘tight’ deadline to get passed through the Dáil before Christmas. The Public Service Superannuation (Age of Retirement) Bill would increase the retirement age to 70 …” (more)

[TheJournal.ie, 30 November]

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