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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€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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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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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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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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Teaching assistants debate strike at PhD townhall meeting

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

Ireland“PhD students have expressed their anger during a townhall meeting this evening at a decision approved by College’s finance committee to cut the pay of casual staff who work as lab demonstrators. The decision to cut pay was temporarily reversed on Tuesday at a meeting of the finance committee, and a final decision has been deferred to a future meeting …” (more)

[Finn Purdy, Shannon Connolly and Madalyn Williams, Trinity News, 5 February]

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More strikes likely as ASTI ballots members over lower pay arrangements

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

Ireland“The next government is facing potentially more industrial unrest in schools as the Association of Secondary Teachers Ireland (ASTI) on Tuesday said it expected its members to resoundingly back industrial action in a forthcoming ballot. About 450 second level schools as well as institutes of technology and centres of further education were closed on Tuesday as a result of a one-day stoppage by members of the Teachers’ Union of Ireland (TUI) over lower pay arrangements for staff recruited since 2011 …” (more)

[Martin Wall and Sarah Burns, Irish Times, 4 February]

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Trinity Rows Back on Teaching Pay Cuts for Casual Staff

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

Ireland“Trinity has rowed back on its decision to cut the hourly teaching pay of students and staff employed on a casual basis, hours after postgraduates protested against the reduction outside a meeting of the College’s Finance Committee. The decision was made at today’s meeting of the committee, as nearly 80 postgraduate students protested against the pay cuts outside House One …” (more)

[Donal MacNamee and Cormac Watson, University Times, 4 February]

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Chair of Kerry TUI says members are reluctantly striking

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

Ireland“The Chair of the Kerry branch of the Teachers’ Union of Ireland says members will be reluctantly taking to the picket line today. Over 400 members of the TUI in Kerry will strike today as part of an ongoing row with Government over what the union says is a two-tier pay system, which is discriminatory and unfair for new entrants …” (more)

[Radio Kerry, 4 February]

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Casual Staff Could Face Teaching Pay Cuts of Almost 20%

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

Ireland“Trinity’s casual workers – including many TAs and postgraduate students – could face pay cuts of almost 20% for their teaching duties, The University Times has learned. An internal memorandum circulated at Trinity’s Finance Committee, obtained by The University Times, shows some areas of casual pay may be cut by between 10% and 20% …” (more)

[Donal MacNamee, University Times, 3 February]

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TUI staff to proceed with strike action tomorrow at both Dundalk IT and O’Fiaich College

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

Ireland“Teaching staff at both Dundalk Institute of Technology (DkIT) and O’Fiaich College and Institute of Further Education are set to engage in strike action tomorrow (Tuesday), after talks at the Workplace Relations Commission failed to produce any progress in a long running dispute over what the Teachers Union of Ireland (TUI) describe as ‘pay discrimination’ …” (more)

[Donard McCabe, Dundalk Democrat, 3 February]

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ASTI ‘make no apologies’ for TUI teachers’ strike against ‘horror’ of pay inequality

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

Ireland“Secondary School union the ASTI has dismissed suggestions strike action by TUI members amounts to election blackmail. Hundreds of schools are set to close tomorrow due to strike action by the Teachers Union of Ireland over pay parity for new entrants …” (more)

[Irish Examiner, 3 February]

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Parties outline education vote-grabbing proposals

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

Ireland“Bonus points for honours Mandarin in the Leaving Cert – the first exams are coming in 2022 – may seem an unlikely vote-grabber, but it is among the pre-election promises from Fianna Fail …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 29 January]

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Public servants warned of pay stagnation under main parties’ plans

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

Ireland“Public servants face the threat of stagnant wages under Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil plans for a new pay deal, the Fórsa union has warned. The largest public sector union said the main political parties will face a ‘very difficult negotiation’ on a wage agreement in power based on their spending plans …” (more)

[Anne-Marie Walsh, Independent, 27 January]

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Parties row over cost of public sector deal

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

Ireland“Fine Gael and Fianna Fail have gone to war over the cost of the next public sector pay deal. With two weeks to go until election day, the two main parties launched attacks on each other’s approach to the forthcoming talks with public sector unions …” (more)

[Philip Ryan, Independent, 26 January]

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Government to consider sanctions for striking teachers

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

Ireland“The Department of Public Expenditure has said it will consider ‘in due course’ whether thousands of teachers who are scheduled to go on strike next month will face financial penalties. About 19,000 members of the Teachers’ Union of Ireland (TUI) are to stage a one-day stoppage on February 4th, which is likely to lead to the closure of hundreds of second-level schools …” (more)

[Martin Wall and Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 20 January]

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Thousands of teachers to strike on February 4th

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

Ireland“Thousands of teachers who are members of the Teachers’ Union of Ireland (TUI) are to go on strike on Tuesday, February 4th. The one-day strike, just days before the general election, is over what the union described as the Government’s ‘ongoing failure to eliminate the injustice of pay discrimination’ …” (more)

[Martin Wall, Irish Times, 17 January]

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The 12 education issues set to dominate 2020

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

IrelandIndustrial strife resumes. After a couple of years of industrial peace, the prospect of disruption looms. Two-tier pay rates introduced in 2011 put ‘newly qualified teachers’ on inferior rates of pay. A decade later, the issue still hasn’t been fully resolved …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 7 January]

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