Thousands of teachers to strike on February 4th

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

Ireland“Thousands of teachers who are members of the Teachers’ Union of Ireland (TUI) are to go on strike on Tuesday, February 4th. The one-day strike, just days before the general election, is over what the union described as the Government’s ‘ongoing failure to eliminate the injustice of pay discrimination’ …” (more)

[Martin Wall, Irish Times, 17 January]

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Industrial action ballot called off by University of Limerick union

Posted in Governance and administration on December 11th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The ballot for industrial action which was set to be put to University of Limerick staff this week has been called off. The decision was announced to over 200 members of the university’s union, UL-Unite, at an emergency meeting this Tuesday …” (more)

[Rebecca Laffan, Limerick Leader, 11 December]

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University of Limerick staff to be balloted for industrial action next week

Posted in Governance and administration on December 5th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“University of Limerick staff are set to be balloted for potential strike action next week as they reject UL’s Executive Committee’s offer for an extended consultation period for structural changes within the university’s schools and departments. On Monday, the Executive Committee, which is chaired by UL President Des Fitzgerald, informed staff via email that they are ‘more than happy’ to provide ‘additional time to facilitate collaborative debate’ on the proposed condensing of the university’s 24 schools and departments into 10 …” (more)

[Rebecca Laffan, Limerick Leader, 5 December]

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UCU Strike Continues at QUB

Posted in Governance and administration on November 30th, 2019 by steve

“We are now mid-way through eight days of strike action taking place in 60 universities throughout the UK. Industrial action began on Monday 25 November and is scheduled to last until Wednesday 4 December, affecting over one million students. From Thursday 5th December, strike action will continue with many academics working to ‘action short of strike’, meaning they will not reschedule cancelled classes or cover for absent colleagues …” (more)

[Rachel Ashe, The Gown, 29 November]

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2019 Strike Picket Pics

Posted in Governance and administration on November 28th, 2019 by steve

“Brilliant to see students and staff united. Our working conditions are their learning conditions …” (more)

[UCU @ Ulster, 27 November]

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Solidarity with the UCU Strikers!

Posted in Governance and administration on November 25th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The anticipated strikes of staff from UK universities have begun: they will last from today (November 25th 2019) until December 4th. The cause of the dispute is twofold: (1) the long-running saga of the Universities pension scheme (about which there were strikes in 2018); and (2) over pay, equality, workloads and the ever-increasing casualisation of lecturing and other work …” (more)

[In the Dark, 25 November]

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University strike: Queen’s and Ulster University staff walk out over pay

Posted in Governance and administration on November 25th, 2019 by steve

“Many lecturers and support staff at Queen’s University (QUB) and Ulster University (UU) are beginning eight days of strike action on Monday. The action by University and College Union (UCU) members is due to disputes over pay and pensions. The strike is expected to continue up to and including Wednesday, 4 December …” (more)

[Robbie Meredith, BBC News, 25 November]

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University of Limerick staff ‘groping in the dark for certainty’ amidst UL@50 changes

Posted in Governance and administration on November 22nd, 2019 by steve

Ireland“A University of Limerick staff member has described how employees were ‘ambushed’ with plans of structural change within the university. This week it was revealed that industrial action could be taken in response to the restructuring of the university’s four main faculties under UL’s new strategic plan, UL@50 …” (more)

[Rebecca Laffan, Limerick Leader, 22 November]

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Teachers who are members of TUI to stage one-day strike in February

Posted in Governance and administration on November 19th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Teachers are to stage a one-day strike in February in a significant escalation of the long-running campaign to end the two-tier pay system in schools. The Teachers’ Union of Ireland (TUI) said its executive had decided to hold the stoppage as its efforts to bring the issue of pay discrimination to a conclusion had been ‘frustrated by Government inaction’ …” (more)

[Martin Wall, Irish Times, 18 November]

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DkIT and TUI must meet to discuss strategic future of the Institute – Gerry Adams TD

Posted in Governance and administration on November 13th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Sinn Féin TD for Louth Gerry Adams and Councillor Ruairí Ó Murchú have called for talks between DkIT and the TUI. Deputy Adams commented following recent media coverage which suggests possible industrial action by TUI members at DkIT. Gerry Adams said: …” (more)

[Sinn Féin, 12 November]

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Donnchadh Ó Laoghaire TD calls for Minister to engage with DkIT staff

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

Ireland“Sinn Féin Education Spokesperson Donnchadh Ó Laoghaire TD has called on Minister for State Mary Mitchell O’Connor and DkIT management to engage with staff in the coming days in order to avoid next weeks strike action. Teachta Ó Laoghaire said: …” (more)

[Sinn Féin, 12 November]

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DkIT Disappointed in TUI’s Decision to Embark on Industrial Action Next Week

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

Ireland“Dundalk Institute of Technology say they are disappointed in the Teachers’ Union of Ireland’s decision to embark on industrial action next week. Strike action by lecturers and researchers will commence on Tuesday November 19th after they recently voted 99.1% in favour of industrial action in a dispute revolving around a lack of meaningful consultation on the Institute’s strategic future, and a proposed new ‘fifth school’ that the TUI claims violates national and local agreements …” (more)

[Talk of the Town, 12 November]

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Lecturers in Dundalk Institute of Technology announce one-day strike

Posted in Governance and administration on November 11th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Lecturers in Dundalk Institute of Technology (DkIT) have announced a one-day strike for Tuesday November 19 as tensions rise ahead of the publication of a new strategic plan for the college. It follows a 99% vote in favour of industrial action by members of the Teachers’ Union of Ireland (TUI). DkIT is finalising a new strategic plan, to run from 2020 to 2022 …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 11 November]

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Queen’s and Ulster universities face eight-day strike

Posted in Governance and administration on November 7th, 2019 by steve

“Queen’s University and Ulster University face eight days of strike action from many lecturers and support staff, starting on 25 November. The action by University and College Union (UCU) members is due to disputes over pay and pensions. The walkout follows votes in favour of industrial action and will affect about 60 universities across the UK …” (more)

[Robbie Meredith, BBC News, 7 November]

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Trinity campaign group calls for College rent strike

Posted in Governance and administration on October 10th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The campaign group TCD Cut the Rent have called for students in Trinity Hall and in on-campus accommodation to take part in a rent strike whereby they would withhold the second installment of this year’s rent, due around Christmas, unless their demands are met …” (more)

[Finn Purdy, Trinity News, 9 October]

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For Rent Strikes to Work, Activists and TCDSU Must be on the Same Page

Posted in Governance and administration on October 7th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Last Tuesday evening, two different meetings took place at the opposing ends of Trinity’s campus. One was Trinity College Students’ Union’s (TCDSU) council, at which the union formally opposed a no-deal Brexit, as well as creating new committees to deal with mature student issues and the environment. The other was the first meeting of Trinity’s new Cut the Rent campaign group – a collection of student activists looking to gather support for a campus rent strike …” (more)

[University Times, 6 October]

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‘College is hardly going to evict students’: Rent strike campaign gets underway

Posted in Governance and administration on October 2nd, 2019 by steve

Ireland“A ‘war over space’ is being waged in Dublin city, according to Trinity activist Conor Reddy. He was speaking at the first meeting of the college’s newly formed housing activist group, Cut the Rent TCD, held on Tuesday evening in the Arts Building. The event was attended by around 30 people, in a cramped room on the fifth floor …” (more)

[Aisling Grace, Trinity News, 2 October]

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Cut the Rent Members to Start Canvassing for Rent Strikes

Posted in Governance and administration on October 2nd, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Activists from Trinity’s new Cut the Rent group will begin early next week to canvass students on withholding rent payments as part of a rent strike. The announcement was made tonight at Cut the Rent’s first meeting, which also saw impassioned speeches from students …” (more)

[Aisling Marren, University Times, 1 October]

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USI President Says ‘Nothing Ruled Out’ on Rent Strikes

Posted in Governance and administration on September 25th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The Union of Students in Ireland (USI) may lead a rent strike in the future to protest the costs of Ireland’s student accommodation, according to President Lorna Fitzpatrick. In an interview with Hot Press magazine, when asked her about an article in The University Times calling for student-led rent strikes, Fitzpatrick said that ‘there’s nothing ruled out’ …” (more)

[Emer Moreau, University Times, 25 September]

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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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