Irish Federation of University Teachers  general secretary Mike Jennings: “The people who see themselves as charged with controlling and directing us simply do not respect us.” Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

The Department of Education does not respect academics or researchers, and the Higher Education Authority has “gone native”, the general secretary of (...)

A planned new trade agreement between the EU and the United States will force higher education here to go further down the route of “privatisation and commercialisation”, a conference of university lecturers has heard.

A planned new trade agreement between the EU and the United States will force higher education here to go further down the route of “privatisation and(...)

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Lecturers, and budding lecturers, should be thrilled. Demand for college places is rising exponentially. By the best estimates of the Higher Education(...)

Mike Jennings, general secretary of the Irish Federation of University Teachers: its members  accepted the Haddington Road agreement by a margin of 62 per cent to 38 per cent

Secondary school teachers are to refuse to hold parent/teacher meetings outside of school hours from early next month in protest at cuts in pay and co(...)

Mike Jennings, general secretary of the Irish Federation of University Teachers, Photographer: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

The Irish Federation of University Teachers (IFUT) is seeking legal advice on whether legislation to cut public servants’ pay without agreement is con(...)

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform, Brendan Howlin. Photographer: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

The Government has said it will move to restore some of the pension cuts it is planning to introduce for retired public service staff when economic(...)

Chief executive of the Labour Relations Commission Kieran Mulvey speaking at the LRC offices at Beggars Bush, Dublin last week. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Labour Relations Commission chief executive Kieran Mulvey has said he does not understand the decision of two teachers’ unions not to ballot th(...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny: “Those unions who have now agreed with the Haddington Road statement will have those agreements honoured, and those unions that do not will be subject to legislation.” Photograph: Julien Behal/PA Wire

Two teaching unions are seeking further talks on improving the Haddington Road Agreement on reducing the State’s pay bill in education and othe(...)

The Labour Relations Commission has invited teaching unions to attend talks next week as part of the Government’s plans to reduce the public se(...)

Delegates listen as Ruairi Quinn, Minister for Education, addresses the TUI Congress in Galway earlier this month. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

Senior figures in Government and the trade union movement believe the proposed new Croke Park agreement could be carried by as small a margin a(...)