Archive for Public Service Agreement

Croke Park agreement – delivering savings and reform

Posted in Governance and administration with tags on 2 February 2011 by Steve

“The Croke Park agreement is delivering huge savings as services are reformed to deal with a huge reduction in the number of public servants, which has fallen by 14,000 over the last 18 months …” (more)

[Shay Coady, University Blog, 2 February]

Croke Park deal ‘delivering results’

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , on 2 February 2011 by Steve

“The body overseeing the implementation of the Croke Park agreement on public service pay and reform has delivered an upbeat update on the progress of the deal, forecasting that 75% of the required staff reductions will be complete by the end of the year …” (more)

[Stephen Rogers, Irish Examiner, 2 January]

TUI delays work reform vote until after election

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , on 31 January 2011 by Steve

“The Teachers’ Union of Ireland (TUI) has taken the controversial decision to wait until after the election to ballot members on proposed work reforms in schools and colleges …” (more)

[Niall Murray, Irish Examiner, 31 January]

Civil service unions examine ways to cut staff numbers

Posted in Governance and administration with tags on 27 January 2011 by Steve

“Civil Service staff unions last night met with the Government to discuss how it intends to reduce the headcount under the terms laid out in the Croke Park deal on public sector pay and reform …” (more)

[Stephen Rogers, Irish Examiner, 27 January]

Labour to honour Croke Park Agreement if in Govt

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , , , on 26 January 2011 by Steve

“Labour leader Eamon Gilmore has said his party will honour the Croke Park Agreement if in Government after the General Election …” (more)

[BreakingNews.ie, 26 January]

Principals call for whole-school teaching plans

Posted in Governance and administration, teaching with tags on 26 January 2011 by Steve

“Principals should get more time to plan how schools teach reading and maths as a result of the Croke Park agreement, primary schools heads hope ..” (more)

[Niall Murray, Irish Examiner, 26 January]

Academics defend the right to tenure

Posted in Governance and administration with tags on 25 January 2011 by Steve

“‘What we have here is a situation where the lunatics have taken over the asylum.’ So began Kevin Farrell, executive member of the Teachers’ Union of Ireland, as he addressed academics at a public meeting in the Gresham Hotel on Saturday afternoon …” (more)

[Aine Pennello, Trinity News, 25 January]

Academic freedom discussed

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , , on 25 January 2011 by Steve

“As the national press descended upon Merrion Street to hear Brian Cowen deliver his resignation last Saturday, a very different gathering was taking place in the Gresham Hotel. Academics from around the country met to discuss opposition to the implementation of the Croke Park agreement and public sector pay and reform, which they perceive to be an attack on academic freedom …” (more)

[Barra Roantree, University Times, 24 January]

Meeting of Irish academics ‘to defend academic freedom’

Posted in Governance and administration with tags on 24 January 2011 by Steve

“A meeting open to academic staff in Irish higher education institutions took place in Dublin on Saturday, January 22, with the aim of discussing what the organisers believe are potential assaults on academic freedom arising from the implementation of the public service agreement (the ‘Croke Park agreement’) of last year …” (more)

[Ferdinand von Prondzynski, University Blog, 24 April]

The Croke Park Agreement and Irish universities

Posted in Governance and administration with tags on 21 January 2011 by Steve

“A reader of Pue’s alerted me to this opinion piece in yesterday’s Irish Times (thank you, P). The letter, signed by a long list of university staff including many professors, claims that implementation of the Croke Park Agreement in the university sector will have immediate and damaging effects …” (more)

[Juliana Adelman, Pue’s Occurrences, 21 January]

Defending academic freedom

Posted in Governance and administration with tags on 21 January 2011 by Steve

“Madam, – I don’t understand what my colleagues are worried about (January 20th). The chances are the next government will repudiate the Croke Park agreement because of lack of progress on the reform of work practices …” (more)

[Geoffrey Roberts, Irish Times, 21 January]

Scholars argue proposals in Croke Park pose a serious threat to academic freedom

Posted in Governance and administration with tags on 20 January 2011 by Steve

“Over 150 academics have backed a campaign against proposals in the Croke Park agreement which they claim will pose a serious threat to academic freedom …” (more)

[Seán Flynn, Irish Times, 20 January]

Call for gathering to defend academic freedom

Posted in Governance and administration with tags on 20 January 2011 by Steve

“Madam, – There is now a serious threat to academic freedom, Irish scholarship and indeed, Irish democracy, arising from the proposed implementation of the Croke Park Deal in third-level institutions …” (more)

[Prof Tom Garvin and others, Irish Times, 20 January]

UCD staff face forced redeployment

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , on 20 January 2011 by Steve

“Staff at UCD face compulsory redeployment if they do not voluntarily move to other jobs within the university when they are asked, new proposals drawn up by management reveal …” (more)

[John Walshe, Independent, 20 January]

‘Public gathering’ called on academic freedom

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , on 20 January 2011 by Steve

“… From what I can gather, the process of initiating the reform processes envisaged under the Croke Park agreement has been left by the Irish Universities Association to individual institutions, and there is no sector-wide position on what changes might be involved. This may be a risky approach, and it would be hard to imagine that very different contractual frameworks or terms of employment could be sustained between the Irish universities and colleges …” (more)

[Ferdinand von Prondzynski, University Blog, 20 January]

University plan for name tags rejected

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , , , on 19 January 2011 by Steve

“A university’s request that staff who deal with the public wear a name tag while at work has been dismissed by unions as ‘hare-brained’ …” (more)

[John Walshe, Independent, 19 January]

Union bosses jet off as teachers face crucial vote

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , , , on 19 January 2011 by Steve

“The leaders of a teachers’ union have flown to a conference in Thailand as their members face a crucial re-ballot on the Croke Park deal …” (more)

[Anne-Marie, Independent, 19 January]

Academics sign petition over Croke Park deal concern

Posted in Governance and administration with tags on 19 January 2011 by Steve

“160 academics from around Ireland have signed a call saying that the controversial Croke Park deal pay package poses a threat to academic freedom …” (more)

[Cork Student News, 19 January]

Lynam criticised for calls to renegotiate Croke Park deal

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , on 18 January 2011 by Steve

“The Union of Students in Ireland (USI) have called for the Croke Park Agreement to be renegotiated. This comes after UCD Students’ Union proposed a motion that would examine the agreement in order to protect student services from further budget cuts …” (more)

[Keira Gilleece, University Observer, 18 January]

Reject Implementation of Croke Park Deal!

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , on 17 January 2011 by Steve

“Accepting the second and third level implementation means agreeing to the Croke Park Deal as a whole. These proposed implementations are now available on TUI website …” (more)

[Paddy Healy, Indymedia Ireland, 17 January]