Petition: Ulster University must take meaningful action to address serious failures of governance

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on July 4th, 2019 by steve

“We have started a Petition in relation to the Review of the Industrial Tribunal which ruled that Ulster University had breached the Employment Rights Order (NI) by failing to consult the University and College Union (UCU) over staff cuts …” (more)

[UCU, 4 July]

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Ulster University chief says sorry after review of its job cuts process

Posted in Governance and administration on June 29th, 2019 by steve

“The Vice-Chancellor of Ulster University has apologised to staff following an independent review into a botched redundancy process. The 2016 process resulted in the exit of 143 employees – and has already cost the university £1.6m. In an email to all staff sent yesterday, Professor Paddy Nixon said he wanted to offer a full and wholehearted apology …” (more)

[Belfast Telegraph, 29 June]

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Ulster University must learn lessons from industrial tribunal findings – Archibald

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on December 7th, 2017 by steve

“Sinn Féin MLA Caoimhe Archibald has said Ulster University must learn lessons from the findings of the industrial tribunal taken by the University and College Union (UCU) on redundancies. The Party’s Further and Higher Education Spokesperson said: ‘The findings of the tribunal taken by UCU regarding redundancies in April 2016 are very concerning …'” (more)

[Sinn Féin, 7 December]

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Ulster University ‘must pay over £1m to former staff’

Posted in Legal issues on December 6th, 2017 by steve

“Ulster University (UU) has been told to pay out an estimated total of at least £1m to 143 former members of its staff. An industrial tribunal has ruled that each ex-employee should receive the equivalent of 90 days’ salary. It found UU was guilty of a ‘serious failure to consult’ with their union over redundancies in April 2016 …” (more)

[BBC News, 6 December]

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Minister’s position kept open – but 50 GMIT jobs slashed

Posted in Governance and administration on May 13th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“A Government Minister’s teaching position at Galway Mayo Institute of Technology (GMIT) will not be axed in the swingeing cutbacks planned at the third level college. GMIT is planning to slash up to 50 jobs through a series of redundancies, non-replacement of staff who retire and non-renewal of temporary contracts …” (more)

[Dara Bradley, Connacht Tribune, 13 May]

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Union threatens action if ‘surplus’ teachers are fired

Posted in Teaching on February 28th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“A dispute that could close secondary schools will ‘come to a head quite quickly’ if the Government sacks teachers who are surplus to requirement, a union has warned. But the Department of Education refused to confirm whether it plans to use emergency legislation to make members of the ASTI redundant for refusing to sign up to the Lansdowne Road Agreement …” (more)

[Anne-Marie Walsh, Independent, 28 February]

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ASTI warns against plans to make surplus teachers redundant

Posted in Teaching on February 27th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The country’s biggest secondary teachers’ union has warned against any move to make its members redundant on foot of its dispute with the Government. The Irish Times reported on Monday that 60 secondary schools have received letters notifying them of their surplus staff …” (more)

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

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Teachers face first forced redundancies in years

Posted in Teaching on February 27th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Are we about to see the first forced redundancies in the public sector in years? It certainly looks that way – and a small number of members of the Association of Secondary Teachers in Ireland (ASTI) may well be in the firing line …” (more)

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

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ASTI teachers face redundancy if deal is rejected

Posted in Governance and administration on January 17th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Some members of the secondary teachers’ union are staring redundancy in the face if the union rejects the latest proposals on pay and junior cycle reform …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 17 January]

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UK universities have developed a casual disregard for their staff

Posted in Governance and administration on November 21st, 2016 by steve

UK“Your articles on insecure employment at UK universities (University staff contracts ‘like Sports Direct’, 17 November) rightly draw attention to the appalling position of those on casual contracts (Dawn cleaning shift, shower, then teach: survival as a lecturer, 17 November; Universities are using casual contracts to put profit before people,, 17 November). There is, however, an important additional dimension: ‘permanent’ jobs at universities are often permanent in name only …” (more)

[Letters, Guardian, 20 November]

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Strike action on the cards at GMIT amid job loss fears

Posted in Governance and administration on May 13th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Up to 100 staff at GMIT could be balloted for strike action amid fears that the IT intends to cut jobs as a result of budget deficits. It follows the revelation in recent weeks that an assessment by an independent consultant proposed that 22 staff be let go during the current academic year …” (more)

[Galway Bay FM, 12 May]

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War of words over job cuts proposal at GMIT

Posted in Governance and administration on May 10th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“The Governing Body of GMIT is divided over proposals to axe staff from the payroll. In an unprecedented move, a Governing Body member has publicly challenged GMIT President, Fergal Barry, over alleged ‘factually incorrect’ statements made by him regarding proposed job cuts …” (more)

[Dara Bradley, Galway City Tribune, 9 May]

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60 GMIT staff face chop in cutbacks

Posted in Governance and administration on April 29th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Up to 60 staff of GMIT face the chop in a ‘downsizing’ plan to save money, the Galway City Tribune has learned. Confusion reigns on the Dublin Road campus as to the exact number of employees of the college whose contracts will be terminated or not renewed over the next 12 months …” (more)

[Enda Cunningham, Galway City Tribune, 29 April]

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Another University of Limerick pay-off – without approval

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on April 16th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“The Department of Education has confirmed that the University of Limerick did not seek prior written approval in relation to an additional €150,000 severance payment to a staff member, following on from two earlier payments – amounting to more than €450,000 – which were recently questioned by the Comptroller & Auditor General …” (more)

[Anne Sheridan, Limerick Leader, 15 April]

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Watchdog: UL paid two staff €450k to leave jobs

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on April 11th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“The state spending watchdog has found that the University of Limerick did not comply with good practice in offering two employees severance packages amounting to over €450,000 between them, following a review of high-value discretionary severance payments … ” (more)

[Anne Sheridan, Limerick Leader, 8 April]

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WIT withdraws memo regarding redundancy scheme

Posted in Governance and administration on February 25th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Waterford Institute of Technology has withdrawn a letter sent to unions stating that the Department of Education and Skills had informed them of the possibility of a voluntary redundancy scheme for public servants employed in the education and training sector. The memo seen by RTÉ News was sent to representatives of the Teachers Union of Ireland, IMPACT, Unite and SIPTU last night by a senior manager at WIT …” (more)

[RTÉ News, 25 February]

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Ulster University: Redundancy Funding

Posted in Governance and administration on December 1st, 2015 by steve

UKJohn Dallat (Social Democratic and Labour Party) asked the Minister for Employment and Learning for an update on the redundancy process at the Ulster University …” (more)

[Northern Ireland Assembly, 30 November]

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Queen’s University: Compulsory redundancies possible in bid to save money

Posted in Governance and administration on September 17th, 2015 by steve

UK“Queen’s University in Belfast has warned staff it may have to make compulsory redundancies in an effort to save money, the BBC has learned. The university announced in April it was cutting 236 posts in 2015/16 through a voluntary redundancy scheme …” (more)

[Robbie Meredith, BBC News, 17 September]

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Lansdowne Road Agreement: Vote Yes or No?

Posted in Governance and administration on June 22nd, 2015 by steve

Ireland“I usually have strong convictions about issues affecting the education system but I am really not sure which way to vote in the Lansdowne Road Agreement so I thought I would take the two main advocates of either side of the debate and try and make it into a balanced guide. By the end of me writing this, I hope I will come to some conclusion by the end of the article …” (more)

[, 21 June]

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Belfast Met staff warned of job losses – Unite

Posted in Governance and administration on March 24th, 2015 by steve

UK“The Unite union has said its members who work at Belfast Metropolitan College have been told to expect between 83 and 113 redundancies. Last October, staff were warned of a ‘significant impact’ of ‘severe budget cuts’ …” (more)

[BBC News, 24 March]

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