TUI Head Office will be closed from 5pm on Tuesday, December 23rd and will reopen on Monday, January 5th 2015.
The TUI Executive Committee and the ASTI Standing Committee today decided that a second day’s strike action over the Junior Cycle dispute will take place on Thursday, January 22nd. The unions also decided, if necessary, to take an additional day of strike action, the date to be announced.
The People’s College, supported by ICTU and its affiliated trade unions, offer courses for working and retired people and a forum for them to express their cultural and artistic talents. In considering its future programme the college identified the lack of marching bands in the trade union movement and has decided to investigate the possibility of forming such a band.
Check out photographs pickets lines around the country on TUI's Facebook page and Twitter account.Thanks again to all who sent or shared photographs.
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27,000 second level teachers are taking strike action today in protest at concerns over significant elements of the proposed new Junior Cycle. Teachers represented by ASTI and TUI are concerned that aspects of the proposals pose a threat to education standards, fairness and quality. Teachers also have concerns about current system capacity to accommodate such major change.
A big thank you to all TUI and ASTI members who participated in pickets outside their schools all over the country today.
Your contribution today delivered a clear and strong message to the Minister for Education and Skills and the general public that teachers are deeply concerned that aspects of the Junior Cycle proposals pose a threat to education standards, fairness and quality.
The feedback from union activists and representatives is that teachers on picket lines received a lot of good wishes and other messages of support from the public.
We appreciate your commitment and ongoing support as we continue to seek a resolution to this matter.
Click this link to access today's Irish Independent opinion editorial by TUI President Gerry Quinn.
Click here to download a document addressing frequently asked questions about the Junior Cert strike day which takes place next Tuesday, December 2nd.
Responding to the Minister for Education and Skills today, the second-level teacher unions - the ASTI and the TUI - said they are willing to engage in talks on the Framework for Junior Cycle on the basis that those talks address teachers’ concerns about assessing their own students and the resourcing of the Framework.
Talks today between the teacher unions – the ASTI and the TUI – and the Minister for Education and Skills Jan O’Sullivan have not resolved the current impasse over the Framework for Junior Cycle.
The ASTI Standing Committee and TUI Executive Committee today voted to take a day’s strike action on Tuesday December 2nd and a further day of strike action in January 2015, the date to be decided, over the Junior Cycle impasse.
Update on Junior Cycle dispute
Talks between the teacher unions and the Department of Education and Skills on Junior Cycle reform broke down on Tuesday, November 11th.
The teacher unions – the ASTI and TUI – have called on the Minister for Education and Skills to intervene to resolve the impasse in the talks process on the Framework for Junior Cycle.
Sir, – The Teachers’ Union of Ireland (TUI) is gravely concerned by the findings of the DIT employee engagement survey (“Dublin Institute of Technology staff concerned at lack of ‘clear vision’”, October 27th). The findings indicate a considerable degree of alienation and discontent among staff, with only 35 per cent considering themselves valued and only 29 per cent believing DIT’s leadership team manage the institution well. Only 20 per cent believed that senior leadership listened to and responded to their views, and 8 per cent were “currently being harassed or bullied at work”.