Students urged to ignore speculation about exams and keep focused on studies

Posted in Governance and administration, Teaching on March 24th, 2020 by steve

“Students have been urged to ignore speculation about the exams, particularly on social media, and stay focused on their studies as schools look set to remain closed. Joe McHugh, the Minister for Education, confirmed this Tuesday that although schools are closed up to March 29, they will not be opening immediately after that …” (more)

[Jess Casey, Irish Examiner, 24 March]

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Members of TUI serve notice of industrial action over MTU

Posted in Governance and administration on March 13th, 2020 by steve

“Members of the Teachers’ Union of Ireland have served notice of industrial action in relation to the establishment of the Munster Technological University. The MTU involves the merging of the Institute of Technology, Tralee and Cork Institute of Technology …” (more)

[Radio Kerry, 13 March]

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More strikes likely as ASTI ballots members over lower pay arrangements

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

Ireland“The next government is facing potentially more industrial unrest in schools as the Association of Secondary Teachers Ireland (ASTI) on Tuesday said it expected its members to resoundingly back industrial action in a forthcoming ballot. About 450 second level schools as well as institutes of technology and centres of further education were closed on Tuesday as a result of a one-day stoppage by members of the Teachers’ Union of Ireland (TUI) over lower pay arrangements for staff recruited since 2011 …” (more)

[Martin Wall and Sarah Burns, Irish Times, 4 February]

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Chair of Kerry TUI says members are reluctantly striking

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

Ireland“The Chair of the Kerry branch of the Teachers’ Union of Ireland says members will be reluctantly taking to the picket line today. Over 400 members of the TUI in Kerry will strike today as part of an ongoing row with Government over what the union says is a two-tier pay system, which is discriminatory and unfair for new entrants …” (more)

[Radio Kerry, 4 February]

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TUI staff to proceed with strike action tomorrow at both Dundalk IT and O’Fiaich College

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

Ireland“Teaching staff at both Dundalk Institute of Technology (DkIT) and O’Fiaich College and Institute of Further Education are set to engage in strike action tomorrow (Tuesday), after talks at the Workplace Relations Commission failed to produce any progress in a long running dispute over what the Teachers Union of Ireland (TUI) describe as ‘pay discrimination’ …” (more)

[Donard McCabe, Dundalk Democrat, 3 February]

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ASTI ‘make no apologies’ for TUI teachers’ strike against ‘horror’ of pay inequality

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

Ireland“Secondary School union the ASTI has dismissed suggestions strike action by TUI members amounts to election blackmail. Hundreds of schools are set to close tomorrow due to strike action by the Teachers Union of Ireland over pay parity for new entrants …” (more)

[Irish Examiner, 3 February]

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Government to consider sanctions for striking teachers

Posted in Governance and administration on January 20th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“The Department of Public Expenditure has said it will consider ‘in due course’ whether thousands of teachers who are scheduled to go on strike next month will face financial penalties. About 19,000 members of the Teachers’ Union of Ireland (TUI) are to stage a one-day stoppage on February 4th, which is likely to lead to the closure of hundreds of second-level schools …” (more)

[Martin Wall and Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 20 January]

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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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Strikes over pay and conditions to hit a number of third-level institutions

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

Ireland“Irish third-level institutions are to be affected by strikes and other actions over pay and conditions in the coming months. This comes as lecturers and researchers in 60 universities across the UK and Northern Ireland began an eight day strike on Monday over pensions, pay and conditions …” (more)

[TheJournal.ie, 1 December]

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The problems with feeder school lists

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

Ireland“Sir, – ‘Feeder school’ lists (Feeder Schools 2019, December 3rd) promote a distorted view that educational success is dependent on students securing places on third-level courses that require high points. They also suggest that immediate progress to third level is the only choice worth valuing and recognising …” (more)

[Letters, Irish Times, 4 December]

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

Posted in Governance and administration on November 18th, 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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University of Limerick staff set to be balloted over industrial action

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

Ireland“Union members at the University of Limerick (UL) look set to be balloted for industrial action and have been warned against co-operating with key strategic projects management are seeking to roll out over what union officials have described as an absence of ‘proper consultation’ …” (more)

[Conor Pope, Irish Times, 16 November]

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Strike at Dundalk Institute of Technology called off

Posted in Governance and administration on November 15th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“A planned strike by staff at the Dundalk Institute of Technology which was scheduled to go ahead next Tuesday has been called off after management signalled it would move to pursue the status of a technological university. The Teachers’ Union of Ireland said on Friday it had secured its strategic objectives and the threat of strike action had been lifted …” (more)

[Martin Wall, Irish Times, 15 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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Dundalk IT Staff Vote For Industrial Action By Record Margin

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

Ireland“Staff at DkIT have voted by 99.1% to 0.9% to engage in industrial action in a dispute which they describe as ‘the failure of DKIT’s President’s Office and Institute Administration to adhere to national collective agreements, respect industrial relations mechanisms and engage in transparent and meaningful consultation on a range of issues’. Frustration has been building for months regarding the Institute’s strategic future …” (more)

[Talk of the Town, 2 November]

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Wealthy students and high-points courses

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on October 24th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Sir, – That students from affluent backgrounds are more likely to study ‘high points’ courses should come as little surprise to anybody (News, October 21st). However, the findings of the Higher Education Authority (HEA) report make clear the need for significant additional, targeted investment across all levels of education to afford students an equal opportunity to fulfil their own potential, irrespective of their postal address …” (more)

[Letters, Irish Times, 24 October]

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