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.
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.
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”.