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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IMI – Industrial Relations

Posted in Governance and administration on November 12th, 2020 by steve

IrelandGerald Nash (Louth, Labour): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills if his attention has been drawn to the fact that management at the Irish Management Institute which is a wholly-owned subsidiary of University College, Cork refuse to engage with a union (details supplied) which represents the majority of IMI staff for the purposes of collective bargaining …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 10 November]

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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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To survive, trade unions must adapt to needs of young people – IFUT

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

Ireland“Trade unions must adapt to meet the needs of young people in order to survive, the head of the organisation representing university teachers has said. Joan Donegan, general secretary of the Irish Federation of University Teachers (IFUT), told its annual conference at the weekend that young people had grown up largely in the generation where union membership was ‘simply not the norm’ …” (more)

[Martin Wall, Irish Times, 14 May]

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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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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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Public Sector Staff Remuneration – Union Membership

Posted in Governance and administration on June 30th, 2016 by steve

IrelandFrank O’Rourke (Kildare North, Fianna Fail): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills how he will treat non-union members with regards to the announced pay cuts and withholding of payments and increments from Association of Secondary Teachers of Ireland members, who are now outside of the Lansdowne Road Agreement, LRA; if he will consider non-union teachers as having accepted or rejected the LRA; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 28 June]

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Majority of union and lobby group bosses refuse to disclose salaries

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

Ireland“… All of the main teaching organisations were happy to disclose either salaries or pay scales. TUI general secretary John MacGabhann earns between €127,796 and €146,191; INTO general secretary Sheila Nunan is paid between €119,381 and €136,276; while ASTI general secretary Pat King is on a salary of €134,000. Irish Federation of University Teachers general secretary Mike Jennings is on a salary of between €78,321 and €103,261. In stark contrast …” (more)

[Shane Phelan and others, Independent, 24 November]

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Merger of second-level unions moves step closer

Posted in Governance and administration on April 23rd, 2014 by steve

“A merger of two of the country’s second-level teaching unions appears to have moved a step closer, after the leaders of both groups said the current separation was ‘absurd and certainly wasteful’ and one voted in favour of entering talks on the deal …” (more)

[Niall Murray and Fiachra Ó Cionnaith, Irish Examiner, 23 April]

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TUI hint at ASTI merger

Posted in Governance and administration on April 22nd, 2014 by steve

“The Teachers Union of Ireland General Secretary John MacGabhann has said it is time to seriously consider merging with the Association of Secondary Teachers in Ireland …” (more)

[BreakingNews.ie, 22 April]

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Whose picket line is it anyway?

Posted in Governance and administration on April 22nd, 2014 by steve

“As ordinary teachers get set for summer term this week, a fight in their name is going on at teacher conferences in Kilkenny and Wexford. At the Easter gatherings, teachers will find themselves either defending their union or, like St Peter, thrice denying their masters …” (more)

[Louise Holden, Irish Times, 22 April]

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The future of Teacher Trade Unions

Posted in Teaching on April 21st, 2014 by steve

“It’s time for the Annual Conventions of the teachers’ unions but I’m going to avoid the issues under debate and talk about some broader ideas that, as I see it, should be examined at the heart of Teacher Trade Unionism. With some luck we might discuss them on the edges of the Conventions …” (more)

[levdavidovic, 21 April]


New Technological Universities Bill should provide for input from local authority reps: Education Committee Report

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on April 17th, 2014 by steve

“The governing bodies of soon-to-be-established Technological Universities (TUs) should include an elected member of each of the local authorities in the principal catchment area of the University, according to an Oireachtas Committee report …” (more, download)

[Houses of the Oireachtas, 17 April]

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Haddington Road Agreement Issues – Non-membership of Trade Union

Posted in Governance and administration on July 3rd, 2013 by steve

Deputy Niall Collins asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the method by which a public servant who is not a member of a Trade Union can cast a ballot on the Haddington Road Agreement; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil Éireann Written Answers, 2 July]

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Power of unions has crumbled with rise of HR

Posted in Governance and administration on January 17th, 2013 by steve

“It’s not that long ago that people used to ‘down tools’ routinely over changes in the workplace: the shop steward would be called in for talks with management before any work could resume …” (more)

[Joe Humphreys, Irish Times, 17 January]

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