On Saturday February 6th 2016 TUI held its annual education conference. This year the venue was the Heritage Hotel in Portlaoise and over 100 delegates registered for the conference. A very useful series of presentations and discussions took place on a range of issues affecting second level, further education and third level. A full report will be carried in a future edition of TUI News. The main presentations can be accessed below.
Ahead of the General Election, TUI posed six key questions on education policy to the main political parties. Responses were received from the Labour Party, Sinn Féin, Fianna Fáil and the Anti Austerity Alliance.
The Teachers’ Union of Ireland (TUI) has announced that its members at second level and in the further and adult education sectors will take a day’s strike action on Wednesday, 24th February, unless meaningful progress is made with the Department of Education and Skills. A meeting is set to take place between TUI and the Department next week to discuss issues across all sectors.
4,000 Institute of Technology lecturers and researchers in the country’s 14 Institutes of Technology are today taking strike action over the damage inflicted on their sector and on the service to students by an era of cutbacks. The strike has been organised by the Teachers’ Union of Ireland (TUI), which represents academic and research staff in the sector.
Irish Times, Tuesday 2nd February 2016
4,000 lecturers in the country’s 14 Institutes of Technology will take a day’s strike action on Wednesday, February 3rd over a range of crisis issues within their sector. The strike has been organised by the TUI and follows an overwhelming mandate from members for industrial action after a national ballot in December.The strike action is supported by the Union of Students in Ireland (USI).
In November 2014, approximately 7,200 teachers were given an extension to their conditional registration expiry date to 31 December 2015 by the Teaching Council. This date was subsequently extended by 1 month to 31 January 2016. The Teaching Council have undertaken an extensive post, email and SMS campaign to directly contact the teachers in this cohort.
As it stands, thre are still 190 teachers at post primary level who need to submit evidence that they have fulfilled their condition or requested an extension.
The Teachers’ Union of Ireland (TUI) will protest outside Dáil Éireann tomorrow evening (Tuesday, 26th January) from 5pm, to coincide with the expected Dáil (Report Stage) debate on the Technological Universities Bill.
The Teachers' Union of Ireland (TUI) today announced that it will ballot its members in the Institutes of Technology for industrial action, up to and including strike action, over grave concerns around significant aspects of the Technological Universities Bill.
The Pilot Voluntary Redeployment Scheme 2016 is now open.
Teachers’ Union of Ireland (TUI) members in the second level and further/adult education sectors have voted by a margin of 89% to engage in a campaign of industrial action to secure resolution to crisis issues. Of key concern are the precarious employment status and income poverty of new and recent entrants to the profession and the continuing, damaging effects of cutbacks on the service provided to students.
The grace period, whereby teachers can retire with pension and retirement lump sum based on their salary as of June 30 2013, has been further extended to April 2019.
Institute of Technology academic staff represented by the Teachers’ Union of Ireland (TUI) will take a day’s strike on Wednesday, February 3rd to commence a campaign of industrial action over a number of crisis issues within their sector. In December, third level members voted in a national ballot by a margin of 92% in favour of a campaign of industrial action up to and including strike action.
Please note that the deadline for applications for the job-sharing scheme for the 2016/17 school year is Monday, February 1st 2016. Full information and the application form are set out in Circular Letter 75/2015. Click here to download.