“Such ambitious reform requires the wholehearted engagement of teachers – otherwise its chances of success are limited.” – Dr Pauric Travers, February 2015
Lecturers in St Angela’s College, Sligo will engage in a second day of strike action on Thursday 16th April over serious concerns related to the proposed incorporation of the college into NUI Galway (NUIG). The action was approved by the executive committee of the Teachers’ Union of Ireland (TUI) on Friday. The union has criticised the refusal of NUIG to engage in any discussions with it on the matter and stated that the incorporation could have devastating economic and educational consequences for the region of the concerns if lecturers are not addressed. A first day of strike action was taken on the 10th of March.
Academic staff in the Waterford Institute of Technology (WIT) have given an overwhelming mandate to engage in industrial action against a proposal to merge with the Institute of Technology Carlow. After a relatively short ballot campaign, 94% voted in favour of industrial action with a turnout of just under 65% of members (academic and research staff).
St Angela’s College, Sligo lecturers are today (Tuesday, March 10th) taking strike action over serious concerns related to the proposed incorporation of the college into NUI Galway (NUIG). Further strike action will follow if required.
The following statement was issued after the joint TUI/ASTI meeting which took place at the Citywest Hotel:
Lecturers in St Angela’s College in Sligo have voted overwhelmingly in favour of industrial action, including strike action, over serious concerns related to the proposed incorporation of the college into NUI Galway (NUIG). A day’s strike action will now take place on March 10th with further strike action to follow if required.
Teachers’ Union of Ireland (TUI) branches in the Cork Institute of Technology (CIT) and the Institute of Technology Tralee (ITT) have passed motions this week to commence balloting members to take industrial action relating to the proposal to merge the two institutes. The union has already lodged a dispute about the proposed merger with the Labour Relations Commission.
Joint Statement from ASTI President Philip Irwin and TUI President Gerry Quinn
The executive bodies of the ASTI and TUI today decided that the terms of reference for the independent chairperson of the Junior Cycle talks be amended, in the current circumstances, in order to allow him to bring forward a range of possibilities which are non-binding which may form the basis for progress.
The discussions between representatives from the Department of Education and Skills and the teacher unions - the ASTI and TUI - on the issue of Junior Cycle reform continued today for a number of hours.
Representatives from the TUI and ASTI attended talks today on the Framework for Junior Cycle chaired by Dr Pauric Travers.
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.
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.
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.
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.