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TUI again calls for immediate ceasefire in Middle East - members encouraged to attend demonstration tomorrow

By piofficer 17 Nov 2023 | 0 comments
A reminder that TUI is encouraging members to attend a demonstration tomorrow, Saturday 18th November, against the ongoing violence in Gaza. The demonstration assembles at the Garden of Remembrance in Dublin 1 at 1pm and proceeds to Merrion Square.  The TUI reiterates our position set out on 20th October that a ceasefire must immediately be declared and a humanitarian corridor established. We support the United Nations and international human rights organisations in their critical efforts to deliver urgent supplies to the people of Gaza and to secure the release of hostages. We join Education International, United Nations agencies and human rights organisations in condemning the disproportionate and indiscriminate use of force in Gaza, wherein civilian populations and buildings have been subject to direct targeting.   Click here for an ICTU statement which issued this week. Click here for an Education International statement which issued this week.

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New survey: 64% of schools have unfilled vacancies, just 1% believe enough being done by Government

By piofficer 14 Nov 2023 | 0 comments
The teacher recruitment and retention crisis in Irish second level schools is worsening, according to the findings of a new survey carried out in over 100 schools by the Principals’ and Deputy Principals’ Association of the Teachers’ Union of Ireland (TUI).   TUI is calling for immediate action to ensure that schools can continue to put teachers in front of classes and that students have access to the full breadth of subjects. Secure jobs of full hours and career progression opportunities are essential to tackle the crisis.     The survey of principals and deputy principals in 104 second level schools was carried out in September and October this year and represents a strong sample of the sector’s approximately 730 schools.   

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Teacher unity discussions - joint TUI/ASTI statement

By piofficer 07 Nov 2023 | 0 comments
Over the past 12 months the Teachers’ Union of Ireland (TUI) and the Association of Secondary Teachers in Ireland (ASTI) have been engaging in extensive discussions around the prospect of unification. We have held several meetings including four, so far, this academic year. Both unions have engaged constructively and in good faith. We have examined both unions’ rule books and a potential structure for a new education union. There remains a considerable amount of work to be done. 

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Don't miss out - climate change course for TUI members

By piofficer 01 Nov 2023 | 0 comments
Globally, climate events are now accelerating at pace-heatwaves, floods and droughts are becoming more severe, from North America to Africa to Asia, and everywhere in between. The effects are now clear to see. Here in Ireland, we are not immune to global heating. We cannot afford to ignore the very real challenges the crisis will bring: from the wholesale decarbonising of our economy towards renewable energy systems, to restoring biodiversity, implementing a just transition and building a more equitable society and, most importantly of all, creating a sustainable world for future generations.  

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TUI responds to some additional Budget education measures announced today

By piofficer 11 Oct 2023 | 0 comments
Responding to some of the additional education measures announced today as part of Budget 2024, the Teachers’ Union of Ireland (TUI) said it would be seeking a number of clarifications on the provision of additional posts of responsibility to schools. Further information required includes the exact breakdown of posts in sectors and in schools. Information on the category of posts is also required. The union has consistently identified the restoration of these posts as a key measure to tackle teacher recruitment and retention problems. 

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Happy World Teachers' Day!

By piofficer 05 Oct 2023 | 0 comments
Every year on 5th October, the TUI participates in World Teachers’ Day, an important celebration of, and tribute to, the world’s educators. It is a time to acknowledge all that you do and the vital role that you play in educating and unleashing the potential of the students you encounter throughout your career. Theme for 2023 The theme of the 2023 World Teachers’ Day is ‘The teachers we need for the education we want: The global imperative to reverse the teacher shortage.’ This is particularly relevant in Ireland given the current teacher recruitment and retention crisis afflicting schools around the country. The TUI continues to publicly campaign for real measures that will remedy this unacceptable situation.  A survey carried out by the Union earlier this year showed that of those recently appointed, less than a third of teachers (31%) appointed received a full-time contract, and just over one in ten teachers (13%) were offered permanent positions. This culture of precarious work is driving both potential and serving teachers away from the profession. We need to return to a system where teachers are offered full jobs and permanent contracts upon initial appointment. The duration of the Professional Master of Education (PME) should also be halved to a year to make the profession more affordable to those who wish to pursue it.   In addition, posts of responsibility must be restored to pre-cutback levels. Unilaterally cut by Government in 2009, they have never been fully restored. In our survey of members last year, only 18% disagreed with a statement that they would be more likely to remain in the profession if more Assistant Principal posts became available in their schools. Celebrate the Profession On World Teachers’ Day, it is important also to celebrate the profession and our enormous contribution to society. World Teachers’ Day promotes the ILO/UNESCO Recommendation concerning the Status of Teachers (1966) and the UNESCO Recommendation concerning the Status of Higher Education Teaching Personnel (1997). Take the opportunity to celebrate all that you do, it is deserved. Make sure to mark this special occasion!  The 5th of October is an important day and as an acknowledgement of its importance – and yours – in promoting and sustaining the TUI’s core values of justice and inclusion, the members of the TUI in schools, colleges, institutes, technological universities, and centres are encouraged to mark the day with the purchase of refreshments for members. The cost of purchase can be recouped from the local branch by submitting receipts directly to the TUI Branch Treasurer.  Enjoy the occasion and thank you for your commitment to your students and their education!

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Climate Change course for TUI members  

By piofficer 03 Oct 2023 | 0 comments
Globally, climate events are now accelerating at pace-heatwaves, floods and droughts are becoming more severe, from North America to Africa to Asia, and everywhere in between. The effects are now clear to see. Here in Ireland, we are not immune to global heating. We cannot afford to ignore the very real challenges the crisis will bring: from the wholesale decarbonising of our economy towards renewable energy systems, to restoring biodiversity, implementing a just transition and building a more equitable society and, most importantly of all, creating a sustainable world for future generations.  

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