Following a meeting with the TUI and the ASTI, the SEC issued the following statement:
A major new study involving almost 1,200 academics calls for ‘significantly increased and sustained levels of investment’ and increased staffing levels to meet continued growth in student numbers. Almost three-quarters of respondents feel their working conditions are deteriorating.
Following representations made by TUI and the other teacher unions, Transitional Arrangements have now been put in place for teachers who were seriously or critically ill prior to September 2014 when the new sick leave provisions were introduced.
Download the TUI Study on Work-related Stress Experiences of Academics in the Institutes of Technology Sector
The study is the preliminary phase of a campaign on work-related stress seeking to inform members, advise branches and seek employers to fulfil their obligations. The survey results will be used as baseline data for comparative analysis with further annual survey results to ascertain whether risk levels have changed in the intervening periods. The results will be used to inform members, employers and other agencies of the levels of work-related stress experienced by members in their sector and individual workplaces.
We are aware of issues arising in relation to the payment of travel and subsistence expenses in relation to supervision of State Examinations. We are seeking an urgent meeting with the State Examinations Commission with regard to these issues. Further developments will be posted on the TUI website.