Press Releases

Annette Dolan Deputy General Secretary Teachers’ Union of Ireland (TUI) in reacting to the announcement that Michael Kelly’s report to the Minister for Education and Skills was being published today stated:
Following further discussions between representatives of the ASTI and TUI and the Department of Education and Skills over recent weeks, both sides signed off on a document on time and workload issues that arise in the context of the implementation of the revised Junior Cycle proposals.
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. Click here to download the report

TUI to recommend rejection of pay agreement proposals

By piofficer Wednesday, 3rd June 2015 | 0 comments
The Executive Committee of the Teachers’ Union of Ireland (TUI) has decided to recommend that members reject the new pay agreement proposals.

TUI President wishes all exam students the best of luck

By piofficer Wednesday, 3rd June 2015 | 0 comments
The Teachers’ Union of Ireland (TUI) has wished all students the best of luck ahead of this year’s Leaving and Junior Certificate examinations.

TUI urges YES vote in Friday's referendum

By piofficer Wednesday, 20th May 2015 | 0 comments
The Teachers’ Union of Ireland (TUI) is highlighting that it fully supports a YES vote in Friday’s Marriage Equality referendum.
“A proposal to resolve the dispute over Junior Cycle reform has been agreed between the Department and the leadership of the second-level teaching unions. The leadership of the ASTI and the TUI, along with Minister O'Sullivan, have committed their support and strong endorsement to these clearly stated proposals, outlined in a document entitled “Junior Cycle Reform: Joint Statement on Principles and Implementation.”

Global report emphatically endorses work of Irish schools

By piofficer Wednesday, 13th May 2015 | 0 comments
The Teachers’ Union of Ireland (TUI) has described an international report which ranks 15-year-old Irish students 15th out of 76 countries in terms of achievement in maths and science as an ‘emphatic endorsement of the work carried out on a daily basis in Irish schools.’

Today's Irish Times report on Strike Days

By piofficer Tuesday, 28th April 2015 | 0 comments
The figures reported in today’s Irish Times regarding teachers reporting for work on strike days are simply wrong. The Department of Education and Skills has confirmed to the TUI that the figures are incorrect.
Comments to be delivered by Mike Jennings (IFUT) and Annette Dolan (TUI) on Saturday 25th April 2015 at joint IFUT/TUI seminar ‘Higher Education as a Public Good’
Following a meeting today, lecturers in St Angela’s College, Sligo have decided to suspend all industrial action being taken over concerns related to the college’s incorporation into NUI Galway (NUIG). This means that a second strike day scheduled for tomorrow (Thursday) will not take place.
Click here to download TUI President Gerry Quinn's response to Minister Jan O' Sullivan at TUI's Annual Congress.

General Secretary's Address to Congress 2015

By piofficer Tuesday, 7th April 2015 | 0 comments
In a wide ranging address to 450 delegates this afternoon, Teachers' Union of Ireland (TUI) General Secretary John MacGabhann tackled a number of issues relating to education and industrial relations including the failure of policymakers to consult with teachers and lecturers, casualisation of the profession, the Junior Cycle dispute and the union’s strong opposition to forced mergers of institutes of technology.

Crisis of casualisation must be addressed

By piofficer Monday, 6th April 2015 | 0 comments
Ahead of its Annual Congress, the Teachers’ Union of Ireland (TUI) has highlighted what it calls the continuing ‘crisis’ of casualisation in teaching and lecturing. Many teachers and lecturers have only fragments of jobs with no guarantee of being retained from year to year. The union is calling for any arising new hours to be given to existing part-time staff in the first instance rather than recruiting, and in some cases exploiting, additional part-time staff. TUI is also calling for a return to the practice of making initial appointments on a permanent basis. The union estimates that at least 30% of teachers are employed on a part-time basis, and that this proportion grows to 50% for those under 30. Many of these teachers struggle to get by and meet even the most modest of financial commitments.
A new survey carried out by the Teachers’ Union of Ireland (TUI) shows that lecturers in Institutes of Technology are experiencing high levels of work related stress (WRS) as a result of cutbacks and rationalisation measures in the sector. The union is calling for immediate interventions to tackle the growing problem, including the abolition of the ‘flex hours’ required under the Haddington Road Agreement.

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