Representatives from the TUI and ASTI attended talks today on the Framework for Junior Cycle chaired by Dr Pauric Travers.
Further to concerns raised with the TUI, particularly by our members representing staff on Education and Training Boards (ETBs) and those representing staff on ETB school boards of management, the TUI has made representations to the Department of Education and Skills on the proposal by the Minister, issued in December 2014, that members of every ETB school board of management must be resident within 20kms of the school in question.
27,000 second-level teachers are taking strike action today (Thursday, January 22nd) in protest over aspects of the Framework for Junior Cycle which the Department of Education and Skills is currently implementing in second-level schools.
Click here to download a set of frequently asked questions about Thursday's strike action.
Circulars 0059/2014 (registered teachers), 0063/2014 (all staff in ETBs, other than Teachers and SNAs) and 0064/20014 (all staff in IoTs), which introduced the new sick leave scheme, did not clearly address pregnancy-related illness which had occurred under the previous sick leave scheme (i.e. the scheme that operated prior to 1 September 2014).
Talks on the Junior Cycle impasse took place today between the second level teacher unions and the Minister for Education and Skills and her officials.
Two pre-retirement seminars are taking place in the near future.
On Monday 2nd February, a seminar will take place in the Gresham Hotel, Dublin
On Friday 24th April, a seminar will take place at the Bloomfield House Hotel, Mullingar, Co Westmeath.
Click here for application form and full details.
The pilot voluntary redeployment scheme established in 2013 is to continue in 2015. The scheme will operate in Munster in 2015 having operated in the North West in 2013 and in Connacht in 2014.
TUI and ASTI met with Dr Pauric Travers (the independent chair of the November Junior Cycle Framework talks) on December 19th and advised him that the unions are prepared to engage in further talks without preconditions. We also reiterated our principled position in relation to external, state certified assessment and capacity, at school and individual level, to accommodate the changes proposed. Dr Travers has scheduled a meeting of all sides for Wednesday, January 14th.
Representation has been made by TUI to the Department of Education and Skills over the failure to pay annual increments due to teachers on the Department’s payroll in Community & Comprehensive schools. The matter was brought to the attention of the Teachers’ Conciliation Council.
See details from European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) below. Note deadline for participation - 12th January 2015
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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