Talks on new pay deal for 340,000 public servants get green light

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

Ireland“Talks on a new pay deal for 340,000 public servants are set to kick off after the government formally invited unions to negotiations. The Public Services Committee of the Irish Congress of Trade Unions met this morning and decided to accept an invitation on a successor to the current agreement …” (more)

[Anne-Marie Walsh, Independent, 24 November]

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Varadkar rules out ‘significant’ public service pay rise

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

“Tánaiste and Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment Leo Varadkar has ruled out significant pay rises for government employees in the next public service agreement. But he described pay inequality for post-2012 recruits as an unfair ‘running sore’, which had never been intended to last forever …” (more)

[Ingrid Miley, RTÉ News, 23 November]

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Fórsa warns of ‘chaos’ without public service agreement

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

Ireland“The largest public service union, Fórsa has warned of potential industrial relations chaos in the new year after the current Public Service Stability Agreement expires in December. Formal negotiations on a successor deal between the Government and public service unions have yet to get under way …” (more)

[Ingrid Miley, RTÉ News, 22 October]

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Student nurses and midwives are being exploited says union

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

Ireland“Student nurses and midwives are being exploited during the Covid-19 pandemic, the Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation has claimed. It said on Friday that students on placements in hospitals across Ireland were facing additional Covid risks but were ‘effectively being asked to work as staff for no pay’ …” (more)

[Martin Wall, Irish Times, 16 October]

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McGrath ‘not sure’ new pay deal can be agreed

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

Ireland“The country is facing the threat of industrial unrest as public expenditure minister Michael McGrath warned that a new public-sector pay deal ‘simply may not be achievable’. In an interview with the Irish Examiner, Mr McGrath warned of a ‘messy and problematic’ fallout should a deal not be agreed …” (more)

[Daniel McConnell, Irish Examiner, 5 October]

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Third Level Staff – Precarity

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

IrelandPaul Murphy (Dublin South West, RISE): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills if his attention has been drawn to the fact that the use of postgraduates in precarious positions for teaching and other duties is increasing in NUIG and that the university expects postgraduate workers to carry out unpaid teaching; if his attention has been drawn to the fact that postgraduates at NUIG have declared their intention to refuse to carry out work which is not remunerated at the existing collectively bargained rate; and the steps he will take to meet the demands of postgraduate workers (details supplied) …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 1 October]

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Nine UCC staff earn more than €240k as losses increase to €5.6m

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

Ireland“Nine staff members at University College Cork (UCC) earned over €240,000 last year, compared to zero in that earning category in 2018. That is according to the 2019 financial statements for UCC, which show the college’s pre-tax losses last year increased more than four-fold to €5.6m …” (more)

[Gordon Deegan, Irish Examiner, 29 September]

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‘Our health is disregarded by Government’ – Tired student nurses continue to seek financial support

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

Ireland“Student nurses are continuing the call on the Government for financial support as they continue to risk their health in COVID-filled hospitals on a full-time basis …” (more)

[Ali Condon, Extra.ie, 28 September]

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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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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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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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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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