Minister’s decision on Munster TU application – industrial relations matters must be addressed as a matter of urgency

27 May 2020
The decision of the Minister for Education and Skills to grant Technological University Status to the TU Consortium made up of Cork Institute of Technology and Institute of Technology Tralee has both regional and national implications   The members of the Teachers’ Union of Ireland (TUI) in Cork Institute of Technology and the Institute of Technology Tralee have been central to the development of a model of higher education provision that will work best for students and the broader community that they serve.   However, as the Minister notes, there remains a range of industrial relations matters that require resolution. He states that particular focus should be maintained in ‘further engagement with staff representatives to resolve outstanding industrial relations issues before the appointed day of establishment.’   These matters must now be addressed as a matter of urgency. The TUI stands ready to engage with management of the Institutes to negotiate resolutions that honour the Memorandum of Understanding agreed between the Union and the Institutes. It would seem entirely reasonable to expect a similar level of commitment by the two Institutes.  

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