Public service unions ratify new pay agreement

Posted in Governance and administration on February 23rd, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Public service unions affiliated to the Irish Congress of Trade Unions have overwhelmingly endorsed the new public service agreement. The ‘Building Momentum’ deal will deliver pay rises of up to 3% over two years and unwind some cuts and additional hours imposed during the financial crisis …” (more)

[Ingrid Miley, RTÉ News, 23 February]

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Donnchadh Ó Laoghaire TD comments on ASTI ballot result

Posted in Governance and administration on February 11th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Sinn Féin spokesperson on Education Donnchadh Ó Laoghaire TD has commented on the decision of the ASTI to vote against the public service pay agreement. Teachta Ó Laoghaire said …” (more)

[Sinn Féin, 10 February]

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Teacher unions split on impact of new deal on two-tier pay scales

Posted in Governance and administration on December 31st, 2020 by steve

Ireland“The Irish National Teachers Organisation (INTO) have welcomed the proposals for ‘the closing of the pay inequality chapter’. But there has been a muted response from the two second-level teachers’ unions, the ASTI and the TUI, who see two key areas of unfinished business …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 31 December]

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Teachers’ Union of Ireland opposes new public service pay deal

Posted in Governance and administration on December 16th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“The Teachers’ Union of Ireland (TUI) is to oppose the proposed new public service pay agreement. The TUI leadership said ‘the limited measures contained in the proposed agreement will not end the ongoing scandal of pay discrimination for second level teachers employed on or after 1st January 2011’ …” (more)

[Martin Wall, Irish Times, 15 December]

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Public servants set for two 1% pay rises in new wage deal

Posted in Governance and administration on December 11th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“The country’s 340,000 public servants are set for two 1% pay rises over the course of a new two-year wage deal. An across-the-board 1% pay rise will be paid on October 1 next year, or €500, whichever is greater. The second 1% pay rise or €500 a year, will be paid on October 1 2022 …” (more)

[Anne-Marie Walsh, Independent, 11 December]

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University Teaching Assistants

Posted in Governance and administration on December 10th, 2020 by steve

IrelandRóisín Shortall (Dublin North West, Social Democrats): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills further to Parliamentary Question No 118 of 2 December 2020, if he will provide clarification regarding his policy in relation to university teaching assistants being separated into two separate roles which are paid different hourly wages but are required to do the same work; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 9 December]

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‘Still no pay for student nurses’: Cork TD hits out at Government decisions on

Posted in Governance and administration on December 10th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Solidarity TD Mick Barry has criticised the Government’s decision to reverse pension cuts for top civil servants in light of the recent vote against paying student nurses and midwives …” (more)

[Maeve Lee and Cate McCurry, EchoLive, 9 December]

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Third Level Staff – Two-Tier Pay

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

IrelandRóisín Shortall (Dublin North West, Social Democrats): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills his policy in relation to two-tier pay among university teaching assistants; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 2 December]

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Crunch day for ‘extremely fragile’ talks on public service agreement

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

Ireland“Public service union leaders today (Thursday) expressed fury at the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform’s (DPER) handling of talks on a possible successor to the Public Service Stability Agreement (PSSA) …” (more)

[Fórsa, 3 December]

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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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