TUI survey: Full jobs and more career opportunities needed to tackle teacher recruitment and retention crisis – just 31% received a full job on initial appointment

By piofficer 10 Apr 2023 | 0 comments
The findings of a new survey of over 1,300 Teachers’ Union of Ireland (TUI) members highlight a range of issues related to the teacher recruitment and retention crisis and bureaucratic overload. A key finding shows that just 31% of respondents received a contract of full hours upon initial appointment.      The survey findings show significant involvement in extracurricular activities outside of school hours despite the increasing bureaucratic duties and administrative burdens in schools.     The Union is calling for full-time jobs upon initial appointment and more career opportunities for teachers.   

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‘Significant’ additional funding required for Technological Universities, and IADT/DkIT must not be left behind – TUI

By piofficer 07 Apr 2023 | 0 comments
The Teachers’ Union of Ireland (TUI) has warned that significant additional funding is required if technological universities are to achieve their full potential. The Union has also made clear that the two remaining institutes of technology currently outside the five technological universities – IADT and DkIT – must be facilitated in joining one as a matter of urgency. 

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STATE EXAMINATIONS COMMISSION - Recruitment of Examiners 2023 and Enhanced Fees for Examiners

By piofficer 31 Mar 2023 | 0 comments
In recent years there have been increases in the rates paid to SEC examiners and the SEC has again received additional funding for these rates for 2023.   In addition,  there will be a once off enhancement to the payment rates this year in the form of a 2023 Written Examiner Recruitment and Retention Incentive Payment of an additional €900 for Leaving Certificate and Leaving Certificate Applied written examiners and an additional €700 for Junior Cycle written examiners.  This is a once off payment to incentivise teachers to mark this year’s written examination. Based on the average assignments of scripts, this increases the typical earning ranges as follows; 

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Education unions oppose demolition of Jubbet ad Dib school in West Bank

By piofficer 15 Mar 2023 | 0 comments
As trade unions in the UK and Ireland representing educations workers in schools, colleges and universities, we are shocked and dismayed to hear of the imminent demolition of yet another school in the West Bank.  We understand that on 6 March, the Israeli Central Court rejected a petition filed by Palestinians against the demolition of the school Jubbet ad Dib. The Court gave the Civil Administration a period of 60 days to demolish the school. These demolitions are happening despite Israel signing the Optional Protocol to the Rights of the Child in Armed Conflict on 14 November 2001, ratified on 18 July 2005.  Israel is also a signatory to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, including Articles 25, 26 & 27; and a signatory to the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, including Articles 28, 29, 30 and 31. These articles of international law are being violated as schools are being demolished. As education trade unions who are committed to the realisation of rights under the Universal Declaration and the UN convention on the Rights of the Child, and whose members dedicate their professional lives to children and young people’s education, this is a situation that we are profoundly concerned about, that we understand to be completely beyond the law, and that we call upon the Israeli authorities to bring to an immediate end. We urge the Israeli Government immediately to call a halt to demolition of Jubbet ad Dib, along with other planned demolitions of schools in the West Bank.  Such violations of Palestinian rights and international law are inextricably linked to the occupation of the Palestinian territories, which Israel must bring to an end. Signed:

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2% pay increase from 1st March 2023

By piofficer 01 Mar 2023 | 0 comments
As part of the WRC proposal arising from the review of the Building Momentum agreement which was accepted by members in a national ballot in September 2022, all grades represented by TUI will receive a 2% pay increase with effect from 1st March 2023. 

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Joint TUI/ASTI statement – Meaningful engagement required on Senior Cycle change

By piofficer 28 Feb 2023 | 0 comments
The TUI and the ASTI note media reports this morning suggesting that proposed plans for students to sit Leaving Certificate Paper 1 in both English and Irish at the end of fifth year will not proceed for the student cohort of 2024. This is a welcome development, as we had stated at all times that this was an educationally regressive move that would have increased pressure on students, who would have faced a high stakes examination in both fifth and sixth year. To make matters worse, those who entered fifth year directly from third year – around 25% of the cohort – would have had three concurrent years of State examinations under the plan.    Teachers are always in favour of positive, coherently-devised change that enhances the education service. However, a clear educational basis for this proposal was never presented. 

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TUI raises key issues at Oireachtas discussion on North South Enrolment in Tertiary Education

By piofficer 15 Feb 2023 | 0 comments
At an Oireachtas discussion on North South Enrolment in Tertiary Education yesterday (Tuesday, 14th February), the TUI noted the lack of progress on an Organisation and Design for ETBs and the concern that after almost 10 years we still have no agreement on a staffing structure for ETBs. Such a structure is required for implementation of the current SOLAS FET strategy. 

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