Pay proposals accepted by union members in the Royal College of Surgeons Ireland

Posted in Governance and administration on December 2nd, 2021 by steve

Ireland“SIPTU and the Irish Federation of University Teachers (IFUT) have today (Thursday, 2nd December) confirmed that union members working in the Royal College of Surgeons Ireland (RCSI) have accepted new pay proposals by an overwhelming majority …” (more)

[SIPTU, 2 December]

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SIPTU Education members call on Minister to ‘get real’ on crisis in third level education

Posted in Governance and administration on March 12th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“SIPTU members across the Education Sector have today (Thursday, 11th March) said that, unless the crisis in third level funding is addressed, all the problems that have continuously plagued the sector will continue to persist. The calls come following an online meeting of delegates of the unions Education Sector when a motion to secure an enhanced budget for tertiary education was passed unanimously …” (more)

[SIPTU, 11 March]

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New DCU agreement signifies enhanced cooperation between IFUT and SIPTU

Posted in Governance and administration on March 5th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“A new co-operation agreement has been reached between DCU, SIPTU and IFUT on collective representational rights on behalf of the members of both unions in the University. The University recognises the positive role played by trade unions within the workplace and this agreement builds further on the existing positive industrial relations climate in the university between both SIPTU and IFUT …” (more)

[IFUT, 4 March]

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SIPTU members support Public Service Agreement by overwhelming majority

Posted in Governance and administration on February 12th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“SIPTU members in the public service have voted by a resounding majority to accept the proposals in Building Momentum, a New Public Service Agreement. Following a count of ballots in Liberty Hall today (Thursday, 11th February), 91% of votes were in favour of the proposals …” (more)

[SIPTU, 11 February]

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SIPTU says lack of consultation to suspend student placements will deepen crisis in health service

Posted in Governance and administration on January 18th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“SIPTU representatives have today (Sunday, 17th January) said the lack of consultation surrounding the decision by health minister, Stephen Donnelly, to suspend student placements will only deepen the serious crisis in the health service …” (more)

[SIPTU, 17 January]

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Lack of Clarity Over Essential Work Gives College ‘Carte Blanche’, Say Unions

Posted in Governance and administration on January 14th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Trade unions representing Trinity staff have expressed ‘grave concerns’ about the number of staff who are still working on campus despite current restrictions, saying ambiguity around what constitutes essential work gives College management a ‘carte blanche’ …” (more)

[Emer Moreau, University Times, 13 January]

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SIPTU says more support needed for student nurses and midwives during pandemic

Posted in Governance and administration on January 5th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“SIPTU representatives have called for more support for student nurses and midwives than the recommendations outlined in a Short Term Review of Clinical Placement Allowances published yesterday (Monday, 4th January) by the Department of Health. SIPTU Organiser, John McCamley, said …” (more)

[SIPTU, 5 January]

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Review of allowances should look at other student groups as well as nurses – Siptu

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

Ireland“The Government is expected to look at backdating any changes recommended by a review group to allowances for student nurses to the start of the college year. An interim review of the allowances for first- to third-year student nurses, as well as the situation for those in fourth year who receive a pro-rated salary, is scheduled to be given to Minister for Health Stephen Donnelly on Thursday …” (more)

[Martin Wall, Irish Times, 31 December]

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PhD rights have been ignored in new employment framework, says SIPTU

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

Ireland“Conditions for postgradaute researchers are not addressed in the new career framework for researchers, according to SIPTU. The Researcher Career Development and Employment Framework (RCF) was published by the Irish Universities Association (IUA) earlier this month. It states ‘the PhD stage is not included in the grading and salary structure set out in this Framework as it is not typically a salaried employment’ …” (more)

[Maria Dealney, Noteworthy, 29 December]

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SIPTU supports decision to keep third level lectures online for rest of academic year

Posted in Governance and administration, Teaching on December 2nd, 2020 by steve

Ireland“SIPTU representatives have said that the decision to keep third level lectures online for the rest of the academic year provides certainty for staff and students. SIPTU Education Sector Organiser, Karl Byrne, said …” (more)

[SIPTU, 30 November]

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UCC-owned education centre backtracks in staff row after thousands bombard president with angry emails

Posted in Governance and administration on November 18th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“A major Irish education centre – fully owned by University College Cork (UCC) – has been forced into a spectacular climbdown amid a fight over unpopular restructuring plans responsible for more than a dozen redundancies. The Irish Management Institute (IMI) – bought by UCC in 2016 – finally backed down this week on a refusal to talk to staff with their trade union, promising to enter discussions at the Workplace Relations Commission (WRC) …” (more)

[Donal MacNamee, Irish Mirror, 18 November]

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UCC’s IMI refusing to engage with trade union

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

Ireland“The country’s leading management training body, which is wholly owned by UCC, is refusing to engage with a trade union that represents the majority of its staff. The Irish Management Institute (IMI) went through a restructuring in recent months as a result of a major drop in business due to the pandemic …” (more)

[Michael Clifford, Irish Examiner, 17 November]

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NUIG Postgraduate Students Strike Against Unpaid Teaching Hours

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

Ireland“Postgraduate students at NUI Galway (NUIG) are refusing to carry out the university’s required 120 hours of unpaid teaching, with the Postgraduate Workers Alliance NUIG describing it as ‘exploitative and unjust’ …” (more)

[Molly Furey, University Times, 23 September]

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NUIG teaching staff ‘will not cooperate with unsafe work practices’

Posted in Governance and administration on September 8th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Unions representing teaching staff at NUI Galway have expressed deep concerns that social distancing will not be possible when classes return at the end of the month. Guidance issued to third level institutes from the Department of Higher Education recommends that a physical distance of two metres during lectures should be maintained ‘where possible’, but adds that there will be situations where classes can only be delivered with less than two metres …” (more)

[Stephen Corrigan, Connacht Tribune, 7 September]

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SIPTU seeks clarity on safety measures for third level students and staff

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

Ireland“SIPTU representatives have written today (Wednesday, 2nd September) to the Minister for Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science, Simon Harris, seeking clarification on the public health guidelines for the return of students and staff to third level campuses …” (more)

[SIPTU, 2 September]

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‘A disaster waiting to happen’ – NUIG staff raise Covid concerns

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

Ireland“Staff at NUI Galway have raised concerns about the implementation of social distancing measures as the college prepares to welcome back students at the end of the month. SIPTU have also written to the Minister for Further Education Simon Harris and NPHET to seek clarification on the guidelines …” (more)

[Rob O’Hanrahan, Joe.ie, 2 September]

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SIPTU supports forum to examine issues in third level education sector

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

Ireland“SIPTU members have supported a government commitment to establish a Third Level Policy Forum which will include representatives of the Government, students, trade unions and further and higher level institutions …” (more)

[SIPTU, 29 July]

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SIPTU says Covid-19 crisis has exposed serious flaws in third level funding model

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

Ireland“SIPTU representatives have today (Wednesday, 22nd July) cautiously welcomed an announcement of increased emergency funding for the third level sector to deal with issues arising from the Covid-19 crisis. SIPTU Education Sector Organiser, Karl Byrne, said …” (more)

[SIPTU, 22 July]

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UCD Anti-Casualisation Suggests Unionisation of Graduate Workers

Posted in Governance and administration on June 8th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“On Friday 5th June, UCD Anti Casualisation (UCD-AC) penned an open letter to the management of University College Dublin (UCD) requesting a meeting by the end of June. On the same day, UCD-AC suggested that the group would ‘move towards unionisation’ of its members …” (more)

[Hugh Dooley, College Tribune, 8 June]

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Trade unions call for emergency funding to tackle ‘crisis’ facing third level colleges

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

Ireland“Trade unions representing staff at all levels of the education system have joined forces to call for emergency funding to ease the ‘crisis’ facing third level institutions. The Irish Congress of Trade Union’s education sector group – which includes unions representing staff at primary, secondary and tertiary level – says the coronavirus pandemic has exposed serious flaws at the heart of the third level system …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 4 June]

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