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Employment Control Framework Seriously Damages Careers of Female Lecturers and Researchers, IFUT ADC 24th April

April 25, 2010 Leave a comment

The following two motions were passed at the Annual Delegate Congress of the Irish Federation of University Teachers, held yesterday

They deal with the “the serious damage being done predominantly to
the careers of female lecturing and research staff”
by the application of the moratorium on staffing in the area of third level education.

In the Public Service Agreement, ICTU negotiators explicitly accepted the moratorium. No safeguards were inserted to protect those vulnerable to unequal treatment.

There are examples of such unequal treatment elsewhere in the public service

National Public Service Alliance would welcome details of such abuses

In addition Science Foundation Irealand (SFI) has cancelled the special allowance (eligible leave supplement) used to pay substitutes for professional research staff on maternity leave.

While 50% of SFI professional research Staff are women only 11% have reached the higher grade of Principal Investigator (PI).


(1)Damage to Careers of Female Lecturing & Research Staff

This ADC strongly rejects the continuing policy of non replacement of
staff on maternity leave, adoptive leave and sick leave as well as the retraction
of SFI’s eligible leave supplement for same. We call strongly for the
government to recognise the serious damage being done predominantly to
the careers of female lecturing and research staff.

(2) Substitute Cover for Maternity Leave

ADC demands that the substitute cover for maternity leave is made statutory for the Irish university sector thus allowing women participate on an equal basis as men within this sector.