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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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Celebrate World Teachers' Day on Thursday, 5th October

By piofficer 25 Sep 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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TUI welcomes Minister’s announcement in relation to shelving of plans for teachers to assess own students for state certification purposes

By piofficer 20 Sep 2023 | 0 comments
The Teachers’ Union of Ireland (TUI) has welcomed the announcement by Minister for Education Norma Foley that plans for teachers to assess their own students for state certification purposes will now be shelved.  Speaking this morning, TUI General Secretary Michael Gillespie said: ‘We welcome this morning’s news. 

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TUI Pre-Retirement training 2023/24

By piofficer 14 Sep 2023 | 0 comments
Two day-long pre-retirement training events for 2023/24 have been organised for those members who are looking into retiring. The first will take place in Athlone on 23rd November 2023, while the second will take place in Dublin on 7th February 2024.

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Latest TUI News magazine - Volume 46, No 1

By piofficer 04 Sep 2023 | 0 comments
The latest TUI News can be downloaded from this link. The first of the academic year, this edition includes details on a variety of upcoming training events for TUI members, updates on the Union’s latest campaigns and guides and advice for new members of the TUI. 

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Payment of the PME allowance now confirmed for all eligible Post Primary and Further Ed teachers

By piofficer 28 Aug 2023 | 0 comments
Agreed outcome in relation to the payment of the Professional Master of Education (PME)/Higher Diploma in Education Allowance (H.Dip in Ed) or an accepted equivalent qualification for teachers whose date of first qualified teaching service is between 5th December 2011 and 28th April 2013 and who were appointed to the existing pre-2011 pay scale.

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