Lecturers to take action over ‘unsustainable’ burden of work

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

Ireland“Lecturers in institutes of technology have voted in large numbers to begin a campaign of industrial action over ‘unsustainable’ workloads. From next September, lecturers who are members of the Teachers’ Union of Ireland say they will cease working an additional hour a week, on top of their weekly norm …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 19 April]

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‘A Survey of Academic Staff on Working Conditions at Dublin City University’, DCU SIPTU report, just published

Posted in Governance and administration on December 4th, 2015 by steve

IrelandForeword I am delighted to introduce this survey of academic staff on working conditions at DCU carried out by the SIPTU Section Committee. As DCU moves towards the ‘incorporation’ of St Patrick’s College Drumcondra, Mater Dei Institute of Education and the Church of Ireland College of Education it is vital that the union benchmarks staff conditions as change (not always positive) will be the order of the day …” (more, download)

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College lecturers say they are spending more time teaching ‘basic skills’

Posted in Life, Teaching on June 22nd, 2015 by steve

Ireland“College lecturers are spending longer hours on ‘pastoral’ work due to the increasing number of students entering third-level with complex needs, including language difficulties and a lack of basic writing skills …” (more)

[Joe Humphreys, Irish Times, 22 June]

[The report is here.]

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Do Irish teachers work long hours by international standards?

Posted in Governance and administration on June 4th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“A few weeks from the summer holidays might not be the best of times for teachers and lecturers to make the argument that they are overworked but research bears out their claims that they have long hours by international standards …” (more)

[Joe Humphreys, Irish Times, 3 June]

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Teaching Contracts – Extension of Working Hours

Posted in Governance and administration on April 24th, 2013 by steve

Deputy Terence Flanagan asked the Minister for Education and Skills if the extension of teachers’ working hours in the Croke Park Agreement will cease and the old teaching hours return post recession; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil Éireann Written Answers, 23 April]

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A Croke Park deal or no deal?

Posted in Governance and administration on March 1st, 2013 by steve

“Sir, – It has been implied in media reportage of the public sector Croke Park II negotiations that all public sector workers are in pensionable, long-term and guaranteed jobs. This could not be further from the truth …” (more)

[Gerry Sutton, Irish Times, 1 March]

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Public servants face minimum 37-hour working week

Posted in Governance and administration on February 24th, 2013 by steve

“… The Commission is to engage over the next 24 hours with the parties in third level education to finalise an equivalent proposal for that sector. The executive of the Irish Federation of University Teachers met this morning and instructed General Secretary Mike Jennings to convene an emergency meeting of the executive …” (more)

[RTÉ News, 24 February]

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Croke Park accord needs more than recalibration

Posted in Governance and administration on January 2nd, 2013 by steve

“Low-key statements before Christmas signalled a significant breach in the impregnable fortress that is the Croke Park agreement …” (more)

[Eddie Molloy, Irish Times, 2 January]

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