WRC rejects UCC campus firm CEO’s unpaid €6,512 bonus claim

Posted in Legal issues on August 24th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“A CEO of a University College Cork (UCC) campus company has failed in a bonus row with the firm. This follows Workplace Relations Commission (WRC) Adjudicator, Thomas O’Driscoll rejecting Ms Arlene Vithaldas’s Payment of Wages Act claim over an alleged unpaid bonus of €6,512 for last year …” (more)

[Gordon Deegan, BreakingNews.ie, 23 August]

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DCU told to pay €27,000 for victimising former employee days after she made allegation of sexual harassment

Posted in Legal issues on May 31st, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Dublin City University has been ordered to pay €27,500 for victimising a former employee two days after she made a complaint of sexual harassment against her male boss. In the case, Workplace Relations Commission (WRC) adjudicator, Marian Duffy ordered DCU to pay Rene O’Reilly €27,500 to compensate her for the distress caused to her and the effects of the victimisation under the Employment Equality Act …” (more)

[Gordon Deegan, Independent, 31 May]

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Exam Results Withheld From Dundalk IT Students

Posted in Teaching on February 16th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Students of Dundalk Institute of Technology (DkIT) have not yet received their examination results amidst conflict between staff and upper management of the college. The Teachers Union of Ireland (TUI) branch at Dundalk IT is representing lecturers in talks with the college’s president, Dr Michael Mulvey …” (more)

[Eve Moore, College Tribune, 16 February]

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Public servants set for two 1% pay rises in new wage deal

Posted in Governance and administration on December 11th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“The country’s 340,000 public servants are set for two 1% pay rises over the course of a new two-year wage deal. An across-the-board 1% pay rise will be paid on October 1 next year, or €500, whichever is greater. The second 1% pay rise or €500 a year, will be paid on October 1 2022 …” (more)

[Anne-Marie Walsh, Independent, 11 December]

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Waterford IT

Posted in Governance and administration on December 10th, 2020 by steve

IrelandDavid Cullinane (Waterford, Sinn Fein): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills if his attention has been drawn to fractured industrial relations in Waterford Institute of Technology that are resulting in a large number of cases in the WRC and courts; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 8 December]

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Talks on new pay deal for 340,000 public servants get green light

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

Ireland“Talks on a new pay deal for 340,000 public servants are set to kick off after the government formally invited unions to negotiations. The Public Services Committee of the Irish Congress of Trade Unions met this morning and decided to accept an invitation on a successor to the current agreement …” (more)

[Anne-Marie Walsh, Independent, 24 November]

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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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IT Tralee engaging with TUI through Workplace Relations Commission

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

Ireland“IT Tralee says it’s engaging with the TUI to address a number of concerns. The Teachers’ Union of Ireland raised a number of issues in April, a month before the former Minister of Education approved the merger of IT Tralee and CIT …” (more)

[Radio Kerry, 10 September]

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University ordered to pay €60,000 to employee with OCD who had fear of using toilet

Posted in Legal issues on June 27th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“A university here has been ordered to pay €60,000 for discriminating against an employee who had significant anxiety over contamination from using work toilets. The woman has been diagnosed with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) and Workplace Relations Commission (WRC) Adjudication Officer, Maria Kelly has found that the university failed to make reasonable accommodation for the woman’s disability and that she was discriminated against on the grounds of her disability …” (more)

[Gordon Deegan, Irish Examiner, 26 June]

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Academic awarded €7,000 over unfair dismissal

Posted in Legal issues on October 3rd, 2019 by steve

Ireland“A college academic who was made redundant from his post months after 23 colleagues signed a petition alleging repeated errors in tests he prepared has been awarded €7,748 for his unfair dismissal. Workplace Relations Commission (WRC) adjudication officer Davnet O’Driscoll has ruled that the college compensation payment to the course director is in addition to the redundancy sum the man has already received …” (more)

[Gordon Deegan, Independent, 3 October]

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Talks for New Tech Uni Stalled

Posted in Governance and administration on August 6th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“It seems talks to try and resolve problems around the Technological University for the South East are on hold. At the end of June TUI members in IT Carlow voted against an agreement that had been reached at the Workplace Relations Commission. It’s expected talks will resume in September after progress came to a standstill over a month ago …” (more)

[KCLR 96FM, 5 August]

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Long-awaited Munster Technological University decision due shortly

Posted in Governance and administration on June 27th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“A long-awaited decision on the Munster Technological University (MTU) is expected to be made shortly as an independent report sparks uncertainty over the project. Following a formal application earlier this year, an international panel of experts assessed a bid by Cork Institute of Technology (CIT) and the Institute of Technology Tralee (ITT) to become Munster’s first technological university …” (more)

[Jess Casey, Irish Examiner, 24 June]

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Long-awaited Munster Technological University decision due shortly

Posted in Governance and administration on June 24th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“A long-awaited decision on the Munster Technological University (MTU) is expected to be made shortly as an independent report sparks uncertainty over the project. Following a formal application earlier this year, an international panel of experts assessed a bid by Cork Institute of Technology (CIT) and the Institute of Technology Tralee (ITT) to become Munster’s first technological university …” (more)

[Jess Casey, Irish Examiner, 24 June]

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Plan to create technological university for southeast hits setback

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

Ireland“Plans to create a technological university for the southeast have hit a new setback. While Waterford Institute of Technology and IT Carlow are preparing a joint bid to merge and become a technological university, staff at Carlow voted down the latest step in this process …” (more)

[Eoghan Dalton and Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 21 June]

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Agreement reached with Teachers Union of Ireland in Waterford IT and IT Carlow on Technological University

Posted in Governance and administration on June 14th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The Technological University for the South East is now a step closer. A memorandum of understanding has been agreed between IT Carlow, WIT and the Teachers Union of Ireland. The deal agreed at the Workplace Relations Commission will now be put to a staff ballot next week …” (more)

[Liz Reddy, WLR FM, 13 June]

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Christian Students Win Right to Challenge NUI Galway in Court

Posted in Legal issues on June 3rd, 2019 by steve

Ireland“From the 18th to the 20th of June 2019, Galway Circuit Court will hear the linked cases of Isaac Burke, Kezia Burke, Enoch Burke, Ammi Burke -v- NUI Galway. This follows a Court ruling in December 2018 which overturned a key portion of the previous decision at the Workplace Relations Commission (WRC) …” (more)

[Burke Broadcast, 1 June]

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Staff protest over ‘grade inflation’ at institute of technology

Posted in Teaching on December 31st, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Lecturers at Institute of Technology Tralee are refusing to attend exam and course meetings after an exam board at the college overturned a lecturer’s marks for every student in his class. The industrial action, which was voted for by 65% of the members of the Teachers’ Union of Ireland at IT Tralee, has raised concerns about academic standards at the college …” (more)

[Peter McGuire, Irish Times, 31 December]

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TU Bid is ‘Teetering’

Posted in Governance and administration on December 6th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Crisis talks are being conducted between staff and management at Waterford Institute of Technology (WIT) to prevent the region’s Technological University (TU) bid from going off course …” (more)

[Eoghan Dalton, Munster Express, 5 December]

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Third Level Staff Remuneration – WIT

Posted in Governance and administration on December 6th, 2018 by steve

IrelandDavid Cullinane (Waterford, Sinn Fein): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the reason for the decision to intervene in a Workplace Relations Committee ruling regarding staff at Waterford Institute of Technology who were not moved onto a higher lecturer’s scale despite the fact that their colleagues were moved up the scale (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 4 December]

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