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

By piofficer 27 May 2020 | 0 comments
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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TUI News magazine May/June 2020

By piofficer 22 May 2020 | 0 comments
Click here to download the latest TUI News magazine, which has a strong focus on the various implications of the current health emergency. This issue of the magazine is only issuing in electronic format.

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Droichead Interim Measures 2019/2020 (Covid 19)

By piofficer 22 May 2020 | 0 comments
Due to the COVID 19 outbreak and the unprecedented situation of school closures, the Teaching Council has reviewed its position in relation to newly qualified teachers (NQTs) engaging in Droichead in 2019/2020 in collaboration with their Profession Support Team (PST) members. Additional flexibility is being introduced to support NQTs and PSTs in completing the process.

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Additional advice for members re Calculated Grades

By piofficer 13 May 2020 | 0 comments
As you know, the TUI and ASTI are currently engaged in intensive discussions with the Department of Education and Skills, the State Examinations Commission and the national management bodies regarding implementation of the system of Calculated Grades for final year Leaving Certificate students (LCE, LCVP and LCA).

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Urgent updates regarding Leaving Certificate/Calculated grades

By piofficer 12 May 2020 | 0 comments
In discussions between the Department of Education and Skills, the management bodies and the teacher unions, it was agreed that, from Monday, 11th May 2020, teachers and schools would cease to provide tuition (whether online or in other ways) to final year (i.e. 6th Year) Leaving Certificate students. No further tuition is to take place from that date.   As you are aware, the TUI has also requested that a protocol be immediately put in place requiring that any canvassing in relation to the estimated marks/calculated grades will have to be recorded formally at school level and reported to the DES. We anticipate that this protocol will be available very shortly and the DES has issued the following press statement in that regard: “One of the fundamental principles of the calculated grades model is fairness – both to the individual student and to the students in the school as a whole.

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First group of TUI members graduate with Certificate in Trade Union Studies

By piofficer 11 May 2020 | 0 comments
Eighteen TUI members from all sectors of the union recently graduated with a Certificate in Trade Union Studies. The online course was run in partnership with City of Glasgow College, which has extensive experience in providing training for union representatives. The course was delivered by Assistant General Secretary John O’Reilly in conjunction with Scott McCabe and Mark Pollitt of The City of Glasgow College Trade Union Centre. The course was delivered through both face-to-face and online learning, offering a high standard of training to members which will enable them to understand how a trade union works.

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