Inspirational Temple Grandin points to need for investment in Irish special needs education

  IMPACT calls for implementation of Oireachtas Committee’s recommendations on upskilling of SNAs and other educational professionals The experience of Dr Temple Grandin, a renowned expert on animal behaviour and husbandry, and an inspiration to tens of thousands of people affected by autism, demonstrates the value of investment in special needs education, according to IMPACT […]

Inspirational Temple Grandin points to need for investment in Irish special needs education

Vacant homes tax must be underpinned in Budget, say unions

  Ireland’s two largest trade unions today (Thursday) called on the Government to introduce a substantial vacant homes tax – with only exceptional limitations – in the forthcoming budget. Welcoming this week’s comments by housing minister Eoghan Murphy, who “put private property owners on notice” regarding vacant home penalties, IMPACT and SIPTU said the stance […]

Vacant homes tax must be underpinned in Budget, say unions

Progress on IOT fixed-term posts

  The Department of Education and Skills has advised institutes of technology to offer permanent contracts to non-teaching fixed-term staff who are currently in “posts which would be considered as permanent positions.” The advice, which was set out in a guidance note issued to IOTs and universities earlier this month, emerged after IMPACT’s won a […]

Progress on IOT fixed-term posts

Budget 2018: €625 million extra needed to achieve acceptable childcare and early education standards

The Government should allocate an extra €125 million in next year’s Budget, and at least €625 million extra over the next five years, to ensure that Ireland meets the OECD average spend on early childhood care and education by 2022, according to IMPACT. In a costed pre-Budget submission published today (Wednesday) the union said two […]

Budget 2018: €625 million extra needed to achieve acceptable childcare and early education standards

Pay gap still centre stage

Events of the past fortnight have demonstrated that more disclosure of information is the means towards progress on Ireland’s stubbornly high gender pay gap. Fierce debates over pay gaps at RTÉ and the BBC have demonstrated the power of disclosure on this issue. Comment sections, meanwhile, are laden with pieces supporting legislation that would require […]

Pay gap still centre stage

Sleepover payment arrears – IMPACT follows the money

IMPACT has agreed a process by which the union will be able to check claims by HSE funded organisations (Section 38/39 organisations) that claim inability to pay sleepover rates to residential care staff. The agreed process will allow the union to “follow the money” and verify that organisations have been appropriately funded. IMPACT successfully pursued […]

Sleepover payment arrears – IMPACT follows the money

Voluntary sector review an opportunity to futureproof health services

IMPACT has said the recently appointed independent review group, to examine the role of voluntary organisations in publicly funded health services, provides an opportunity to review the funding model for those organisations. The review group, to be chaired Dr Catherine Day, was announced in July by the Minister for Health, Simon Harris TD. The terms of reference […]

Voluntary sector review an opportunity to futureproof health services

Gender pay gap exposed by Oireachtas report on early years sector

IMPACT trade union has said the report published on Thursday (27th July) by the Joint Committee on Children and Youth Affairs on Working Conditions of the Early Years Education and Care Sector has exposed a significant gender pay gap. Responding to the publication of the report, IMPACT organiser Lisa Connell said “Early Education is a […]

Gender pay gap exposed by Oireachtas report on early years sector