Archive for SIPTU

Coughlan’s major U-turn as nurse row gets political

Posted in Fees and access with tags , , , on 17 February 2011 by Steve

“Student nurses have been called on to snub politicians who don’t support reversing their pay cuts. Up to 3,000 student nurses and midwives took part in a march and rally in Dublin in protest at Government plans to phase out payments for work placements …” (more)

[Cormac Murphy, Herald, 17 February]

Nurses issue election warning

Posted in teaching with tags , , on 17 February 2011 by Steve

“Angry student nurses have warned politicians they will be punished in the general election unless plans to abolish their pay during ward placements are reversed. Up to 3,000 protesters marched through Dublin and staged a rally at the Department of Health over plans to phase out payments to fourth-year students working on wards during a nine-month internship …” (more)

[Sarah Stack, Irish Examiner, 17 February]

Student nurses warn of cut backlash

Posted in Fees and access with tags , on 16 February 2011 by Steve

“Angry student nurses have warned politicians they will be punished in the General Election unless plans to abolish their pay during ward placements are reversed …” (more)

[Independent, 16 February]

The destruction of academic tenure in Ireland

Posted in Legal issues with tags , , on 16 February 2011 by Steve

“Academic tenure is currently gone in Ireland; this post specifies what happened. It was SIPTU’s fault, and I’ll end with speculation about SIPTU’s motives – in particular the cabal of SIPTU officials with extreme left-wing political histories. No names will be mentioned …” (more)

[University Blog on Academic Tenure in Ireland, 15 February]

USI Launches Campaign to Prevent Slashing of Nurses Pay

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , , , , on 9 February 2011 by Steve

“The Union of Students in Ireland (USI), the Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation (INMO), SIPTU and the Psychiatric Nurses Association of Ireland will stage a series of lunchtime protests tomorrow (February 9) as part of its campaign against Government plans to cut payments to pre-registration nurses and midwives …” (more)

[Irish Press Releases, 9 February]

Union rage at Board over Croke Park agreement

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , , , on 14 December 2010 by Steve

“Tempers flared at College Board last week when Jack McGinley, Chair of SIPTU’s National Education Council, accused the Provost of mistreating workers in Trinity College and drafting an action plan for the Croke Park agreement without negotiating the terms of the plan with SIPTU and IFUT …” (more)

[Ronan Costello, University Times, 14 December]

SIPTU Support Student Demo in Belfast

Posted in Fees and access with tags , on 10 December 2010 by Steve

“SIPTU activists mobilised at Belfast City Hall today (Thursday 9th December) joining with over 1000 students from across the city protesting against education cuts and the ending of EMA (Education Maintenance Allowance) for Secondary School Students …” (more)

[Indymedia Ireland, 9 December]

Down with Browne

Posted in Fees and access with tags , , on 17 November 2010 by Steve

“Martin O’Rourke, SIPTU, Belfast: SIPTU is absolutely opposed to the lifting of the cap on University tuition fees proposed through the Browne review which could see fees soar to an extortionate rate of up to £12,000 per year …” (more)

[Indymedia Ireland, 17 November]

Academics reject pay deal

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , , on 1 May 2010 by Steve

“Academics at one of the country’s biggest universities have rejected the Croke Park proposals on public services. The staff at NUI Galway, who are members of SIPTU, say the proposed cuts will have a big impact on students …” (more)

[Irish Examiner, 1 May]

SIPTU Academic Staff NUIG : Motion on The General Public Services Agreement

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , on 30 April 2010 by Steve

“Whereas the Government is trying to shift even more of the burden of the financial crisis on to the backs of working families through the public sector pay agreement with the Irish Congress of Trade Unions, and in so doing will undermine educational standards and ensure further bail-outs for bankers and developers …” (more)

[Paddy Healy’s Blog, 29 April]

‘Public Sector workers yet again asked to make sacrifices’

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , on 11 April 2010 by Steve

“… In addition to the general ‘give backs’ there are four additional ones that are required of all staff in universities and higher education institutes. 1. Every staff member will have to work an extra hour a week ‘at the discretion’ of management ‘to facilitate teaching, research and learning. That covers everyone in higher education …” (more)

[Kieran Allen, Paddy Healy’s Blog, 11 April]

Big civil service unions hopeful for deal on pay

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , , , on 4 April 2010 by Steve

“The bigger public sector unions such as SIPTU and IMPACT are confident they will get the controversial public service pay agreement over the line despite vocal opposition to the deal last week from the two teacher unions, the ASTI and the TUI …” (more)

[Martin Frawley, Sunday Tribune, 4 April]

What’s the next step for public sector unions?

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , , on 1 April 2010 by Steve

“IMPACT, 65,000 members: Its central executive committee meets on April 8 to decide whether to recommend the deal to its members or end the campaign of industrial action …” (more)

[Independent, 1 April]

Unions ready to hike action over public sector cuts

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , , on 24 February 2010 by Steve

“Public sector union leaders last night insisted they were willing to go into negotiations on pay cuts announced in their sector, but they were prepared to keep escalating their industrial action for months to come until a solution is agreed …” (more)

[Stephen Rogers, Irish Examiner, 24 February]

Escalate action to avoid further cuts – SIPTU

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , on 23 February 2010 by Steve

“Public sector workers will have to escalate their industrial action if they are to avoid further pay cuts, according to the president of Ireland’s largest union SIPTU. Speaking at a mass meeting of public servants in Galway, Jack O’Connor said a fair solution was still possible through negotiation, but the sands of time were running out …” (more)

[RTÉ News, 23 February]

A Degree of sympathy

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , on 17 February 2010 by Steve

“Throughout their organised history, students have always been ready to support protests, and have had a strong record of being ready to fight social injustices. We’ve had no qualms when it came to protesting against third level fees, despite the considerable chaos that some of the demonstrations have caused. Supporting causes is what we are known for worldwide, and – for the most part – students are happy to support the ongoing SIPTU work-to-rule industrial action …” (more)

[Amy Bracken, University Observer, 16 February]

Public service unions to hold mass gathering

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , , , , on 11 February 2010 by Steve

“Public service staff are to hold a mass meeting later this month to discuss their ongoing industrial action in protest at the pay cuts announced in the last budget. The meeting at the Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology in Galway on February 23, will be the first major gathering since almost 300,000 public servants began their action in a number of workplaces last month …” (more)

[Stephen Rogers, Irish Examiner, 11 February]

Staff no longer forced to join SIPTU

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , on 10 February 2010 by Steve

“DCU employees will no longer be forced to be members of Ireland’s largest trade union, SIPTU, after a longstanding ‘closed shop’ agreement was amended by the university. In an email sent last week by human resources director Marian Burns, staff were informed that membership of SIPTU is no longer a condition of employment and they can at any stage opt out of the union …” (more)

[Niall O’Connor, College View, 10 February]

70,000 to join public sector industrial action

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , , , on 1 February 2010 by Steve

“The government is not prepared to reverse pay cuts already introduced for staff in the public service in return for co-operation with reform plans, official sources indicated yesterday. The move comes as up to 70,000 members of Siptu are today set to join in the industrial action being carried out by other public service unions in protest at the pay cuts introduced in the budget …” (more)

[Stephen Collins and Martin Wall, Irish Times, 1 February]

State in ‘emotional blackmail’ of public sector staff

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , , , on 26 January 2010 by Steve

“Public sector workers have accused the Government of ’emotional blackmail’ over claims that seriously ill patients and the Irish economy will suffer as a direct result of wide-scale industrial action …” (more)

[Fiachra O Cionnaith, Irish Examiner, 26 January]