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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Education unions call for third level forum

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

Ireland“Trade unions representing staff at all levels of the education system have called for the creation of a new sectoral forum to help address the crisis affecting the third level sector. The Irish Congress of Trade Unions Education Sector Group says emergency funding will be needed to address the immediate impact of the Covid-19 crisis on universities and other higher education institutions, which have experienced significant funding deficits as a result …” (more)

[Fórsa, 25 May]

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SIPTU Calls on College to Reverse Directive on Cleaning, Catering Staff

Posted in Governance and administration on March 15th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Trade union SIPTU has demanded that Trinity row back on its decision to call catering and housekeeping staff into College, arguing there is no ‘credible justification’ for keeping them in work after the closure of the College on Friday …” (more)

[Donal MacNamee, University Times, 15 March]

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SIPTU and USI launch charter for better rights and conditions for postgraduates

Posted in Governance and administration on October 31st, 2019 by steve

Ireland“SIPTU and the Union of Students in Ireland (USI) have launched a Charter of Rights and Conditions for Postgraduates which calls for a living wage, better access to supports and training as well as other improvements for those who carry out teaching and other work in third level institutions across the country …” (more)

[SIPTU, 30 October]

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Postgraduate students campaign for better terms and conditions

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

Ireland“The Union of Students in Ireland (USI) and the trade union Siptu have joined forces to campaign for improved terms and conditions for postgraduate students who carry out teaching and other work in third level colleges. Many postgraduates experience precarious working conditions and low pay within their higher education institutions, according to Siptu organiser Dave Curran …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 29 October]

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USI and SIPTU Renew Joint Agreement

Posted in Governance and administration on October 8th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“SIPTU and the Union of Students of Ireland (USI) have today (Monday, 7th October) announced the renewal of an agreement between the two organisations to facilitate joint campaigns and provide third level students with support in the workplace …” (more)

[USI, 7 October]

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SIPTU members employed as cleaners in Sligo IT to hold 48-hour work stoppage

Posted in Governance and administration on September 24th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“SIPTU members employed as cleaners in Sligo Institute of Technology (IT) have voted unanimously to undertake a 48-hour work stoppage which will commence on Monday, 30th September at 8.00 am in a dispute concerning a major reduction in their working hours …” (more)

[SIPTU, 24 September]

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SIPTU says proposed reform legislation cannot ignore funding crisis in education

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on July 18th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“SIPTU representatives have today (Wednesday, 17th July) said that any proposed legislation to introduce greater regulation and reform to the governance of higher education cannot be used to divert attention away from the growing funding crisis facing the sector …” (more)

[SIPTU, 17 July]

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Trade Unions Condemn Third-Level Gender Inequality

Posted in Governance and administration on March 12th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Trade unions have demanded an end to the ‘staggering’ levels of inequality in third-level institutions, as well as warning of the impact of perilous working conditions on women employed in the sector …” (more)

[Rachel O’Leary, University Times, 11 March]

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Full Steam Ahead at DCU

Posted in Governance and administration on March 12th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Following discussions between IFUT and SIPTU a joint agreement has been reached on representation of staff in Dublin City University (DCU). The new agreement provides a very strong mandate for working together in a spirit of partnership to advance the cause of all trade union members in the university …” (more)

[Irish Federation of University Teachers, 11 March]

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Unions call for end to ‘staggering’ gender inequality for third-level staff

Posted in Governance and administration on March 9th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Trade unions have called for an end to the ‘stark inequalities’ and precarious working environments facing workers, particularly women, in higher and further education roles. Union representatives from third-level institutions across the country gathered in Liberty Hall on International Women’s Day to discuss the ‘staggering’ levels of gender inequality and precarious working conditions which persist among university and college academic and management staff …” (more)

[Sorcha Pollak, Irish Times, 8 March]

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