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.
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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.
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.
Teacher workload has increased significantly in recent years and administrative duties are deflecting from the core roles of classroom teaching and learning, according to the findings of a new survey by the Teachers’ Union of Ireland (TUI). The online survey of 545 teachers was carried out by the union in March.
“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