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SIPTU Academic Staff NUIG : Motion on The General Public Services Agreement (The ‘Croke park Proposals’) 

April 29, 2010 Leave a comment

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;

Whereas our members would be required, under threat of compulsory redundancy, to accept further pay-cuts and review of our contract, to meet impossible and inappropriate ‘productivity’ targets, to be re-deployed, to undertake even longer working hours, to further increase already heavy staff workloads with resulting inability to properly do our jobs while adding risks to health and family life;

Whereas students will, as a result of this agreement, face cuts to services, higher class sizes, lower standards of teaching, greater stress, less support and other resources in all aspects of their academic careers, all of which will undermine the quality of, and likelihood of getting, their degrees;

Whereas this agreement ignores the effects on many sectors of people facing this economic crisis: people who are unemployed and others on low incomes facing cuts to welfare, wages and public services; children and adults with disabilities, the sick and pensioners targeted by cuts to health care and care services; mothers trying to cope with cuts to child benefit and other devastating cutbacks which make it even harder to feed, clothe and care for children; homeless people facing cuts to support and crisis housing;

Whereas this agreement has been rejected by our colleagues on the executive of the Irish Federation of University Teachers, delegates of the Teachers’ Union of Ireland and the Association of Secondary School Teachers of Ireland along with a number of other union executives all of whom are trying to protect not only their own members but the education and other services they provide to all our communities;

Therefore; –

The members of the SIPTU academic section oppose the public sector pay and benefit cuts masquerading as a deal and instruct the section committee together with the branch secretary to make known our opposition by sending this resolution to our colleagues in other sections, other branches and the media.

University Agenda Revealed! “Colleges told: merge or die”, Indo 29th April

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Colleges told: merge or die
Major shake-up ahead for third-level system, Irish Independent, Thursday 29th April

Tom Boland has signalled that huge changes are on the way

By John Walshe Education Editor

Thursday April 29 2010

IRELAND has too many universities and colleges that must now merge to survive, the head of the State’s third-level funding body has warned.

In a landmark address yesterday, Higher Education Authority (HEA) chief executive Tom Boland set out a reform agenda for the biggest ever shake-up of the country’s third-level system.

The proposals are certain to form a key component of a new national strategy currently being prepared for the Government.

The strategy will recommend merging colleges and courses, sources said last night.

The Irish Independent has also learned that the strategy group is also considering the provision of new employment contracts; ending a number of programmes and courses; and more effective monitoring of academic staff. (more)

INTO group’s leaflet- VOTE NO!

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