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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TCDSU Must Organise a Campus Rent Strike Within the Year

Posted in Governance and administration on September 4th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“A month ago, I went to a viewing of a two-bedroom apartment on Adelaide Rd. Sound nice? Calling it a hovel would be generous. It was a basement apartment: two cramped bedrooms and one small window, which faced out onto a debris-filled garden …” (more)

[Cormac Watson, University Times, 3 September]

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Teachers’ union to ballot for industrial action over two-tier pay

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

Ireland“A teachers’ union is to ballot members next month to renew its mandate for industrial action as tensions rise over controversial two-tier pay scales. The Teachers’ Union of Ireland (TUI) has announced it will ballot its 18,000 members for a mandate for industrial action, up to and including strike action, as part of its campaign to end pay discrimination …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 28 August]

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Don’t Do Striking Workers’ Jobs, Nurses Union Tells Placement Students

Posted in Governance and administration on June 26th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Trinity’s student nurses have been told to stand in solidarity with the 10,000 hospital staff participating in tomorrow’s 24-hour strike by refusing to do the support jobs of the striking workers …” (more)

[Cormac Watson and Donal MacNamee, University Times, 25 June]

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Tutors at University of Limerick withdraw their services in pay dispute

Posted in Governance and administration on February 16th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“A large group of teaching practice supervisors have withdrawn their services from the University of Limerick in a standoff over pay, amongst other issues, ahead of student teachers’ school placement next week …” (more)

[Jess Casey, Limerick Leader, 16 February]

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Strike Action at WIT

Posted in Governance and administration on November 21st, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Waterford Institute of Technology (WIT) has yet to pay separate financial awards to two female members of staff despite a decision reached by the Workplace Relations Commission (WRC). That’s according to the WIT branch of the Teachers’ Union of Ireland (TUI) …” (more)

[Eoghan Dalton, Munster Express, 21 November]

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Dundalk IT staff consider strike over understaffing and overcrowded classrooms

Posted in Governance and administration on October 30th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Lecturers at Dundalk Institute of Technology (DkIT) are considering a strike as the Teachers’ Union of Ireland (TUI) ballots members on industrial action due to understaffing and overcrowded classrooms. The industrial action follows discussions with management regarding understaffing, according to Chairperson of the DkIT branch of TUI, Kenneth Sloane …” (more)

[Yasmin Mello, Trinity News, 30 October]

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Student graduations may be disrupted due to industrial action

Posted in Governance and administration on October 22nd, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Graduation ceremonies for thousands of students could face disruption as a result of industrial action being taken by staff in institutes of technology across the country. Library, clerical and administrative staff at the State’s 14 institutes of technology have not been engaging in any form of communication …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien and Martin Wall, Irish Times, 22 October]

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Teacher strikes possible for pay restoration

Posted in Governance and administration on September 26th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Ballots on the deal will be under way by October 10 among more than 70,000 members of the three main teacher unions, despite Finance Minister Paschal Donohoe’s insistence that there is no further funding to 2020 to improve the reduced pay for those who joined the public service after 2010 …” (more)

[Niall Murray, Irish Examiner, 26 September]

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Strike-hit Ulster University students may have marks increased

Posted in Teaching on June 13th, 2018 by steve

“Some students at Ulster University (UU) could have exam marks increased if they have been affected by strike action, the BBC reports. Due to strike action by the University and College Union (UCU) a number of classes at UU were cancelled earlier this year …” (more)

[Belfast Telegraph, 13 June]

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TUI to hold lunchtime protest over pay discrimination

Posted in Governance and administration on May 14th, 2018 by steve

“The Executive Committee of the Teachers’ Union of Ireland (TUI) has expressed its frustration and serious concern at the pace of progress in resolving the issue of pay equality for public servants recruited since 2011. The Union already has a mandate for a campaign of industrial action, up to and including strike action, on this issue …” (more)

[Teachers’ Union of Ireland, 14 May]

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TUI members in Institutes of Technology vote to engage in campaign of industrial action over second ‘flex’ hour

Posted in Governance and administration on April 19th, 2018 by steve

“Members of the Teachers’ Union of Ireland (TUI) in the Institute of Technology sector have voted overwhelmingly in a national ballot (by a margin of 96% to 4%) to engage in a campaign of industrial action over unsustainable workload …” (more)

[Teachers’ Union of Ireland, 19 April]

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University staff suspend strikes over pensions

Posted in Governance and administration on April 13th, 2018 by steve

“University staff have suspended strikes which were set to hit summer exams after agreeing to fresh pension plans. Planned changes to staff pensions prompted 14 days of strike action at 64 universities in February and March, and more strikes were planned …” (more)

[Hannah Richardson, BBC News, 13 April]

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UCU at Ulster Committee ballot guidance for members

Posted in Governance and administration on April 13th, 2018 by steve

“We apologise for not arranging a members’ meeting to discuss the ballot which closes this Friday. The timing was unfortunate for us given Ulster University closes during Easter week. In the absence of a meeting, we are instead publishing our thoughts through our social media channels …” (more)

[UCU, 12 April]

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Striking, social media, and building a better university

Posted in Life on March 31st, 2018 by steve

“During the past term, I was on strike for fourteen days and I’m now on ‘action short of a strike’ and, like my colleagues up and down the UK, I’m waiting to vote in a consultative e-ballot next week that may determine whether we reach a settlement with the employers and go back to work. But this post isn’t about the rights and wrongs of the dispute, it is about what it has felt like to be on strike – the highs and the lows – and about how the shared desire for a better university that has emerged …” (more)

[Chris Bertram, Crooked Timber, 31 March]

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