“Together we are stronger” – Derby strikers address IMPACT education conference

IMPACT was privileged to be joined at its education conference in Cork on Thursday by four of the Unison teaching assistants from Derby, who fought a 10-month action over unilateral cuts to their pay by their employer, Derby County Council. The dispute came to an end in March this year. There are around 244,000 TAs […]

“Together we are stronger” – Derby strikers address IMPACT education conference

School secretaries’ exclusion from boards of management criticised

Maria Dunne, chairperson of the Schools Secretaries branch.   The exclusion of school secretaries, and other non-teaching staff, from schools boards of management has been criticised at IMPACT’s education division conference in Cork. Maria Dunne, chair of IMPACT’s School Secretaries branch, told delegates at the IMPACT divisional conference in Cork that the entire school community […]

School secretaries’ exclusion from boards of management criticised

“School secretaries are not alone, they have a friend in IMPACT.”

IMPACT’s School Secretaries branch has launched its new newsletter, aimed primarily at boosting recruitment among school secretaries. The branch launched the newsletter at IMPACT’s Education Division conference which is taking place this week in Cork city. Branch chair Eileen Barry (pictured second from right) said “In the first instance, this is about rebranding and reinventing. […]

“School secretaries are not alone, they have a friend in IMPACT.”

Tusla decision to cut counselling funding has ‘savage consequences’

IMPACT has criticised a decision by Tusla, the child and family agency, over a decision to cut all funding for counselling services to the School Completion Programme (SCP). The cuts take effect from 1st September. SCP worker Michael Smyth criticised the move during a speech to delegates at IMPACT’s education conference in Cork this afternoon. […]

Tusla decision to cut counselling funding has ‘savage consequences’

More public and employer funding needed in higher education

IMPACT’s Education division conference in Cork has endorsed a motion reaffirming the union’s commitment to seeking gradual increases in state investment for higher education. Conference has also recommended that employers be asked to make a greater contribution to funding in the sector and has recommended against the introduction of a student loan scheme. Speaking to […]

More public and employer funding needed in higher education

IMPACT: Pay talks must address low incomes in education

IMPACT today (Thursday) said that forthcoming public service pay talks must go beyond simply unwinding the ‘FEMPI’ legislation, which introduced pay cuts and the pension levy, if lower paid education staff were to benefit. Speaking to delegates at the union’s education conference in Cork, IMPACT deputy general secretary Kevin Callinan said staff earning less than […]

IMPACT: Pay talks must address low incomes in education

Schools taken to task for withholding school secretary pay

Up to 30 schools have been challenged by IMPACT trade union for withholding a 2.5% pay increase due to school secretaries since the beginning of 2017. An arbitration finding in 2015 recommended four separate pay rises of 2.5 per cent for school secretaries and caretakers, who are paid from grant funding, between 2016 and 2019. Eileen Barry, […]

Schools taken to task for withholding school secretary pay

‘Real scandal’ in education: Thousands paid between minimum wage and €440 a week

“A two-tier pay system was introduced for school secretaries and caretakers as long ago as 1991, condemning hundreds to the statutory minimum wage, and sometime less, for their entire school careers” – IMPACT deputy general secretary Kevin Calllinan. Thousands of education staff, including special needs assistants, school secretaries, and early education professionals, start work on […]

‘Real scandal’ in education: Thousands paid between minimum wage and €440 a week

“Rescue 116” CVR transcript publication is unnecessary and harmful, says pilot community

“There is absolutely no justification for – or benefit from – publishing specifically the last two minutes of this flight, other than feeding a thirst for sensationalism” – Evan Cullen, President, Irish Air Line Pilots’ Association (IALPA) Statement issued on behalf of the International Federation of Air Line Pilots’ Associations Tuesday 18th April 2017: Last […]

“Rescue 116” CVR transcript publication is unnecessary and harmful, says pilot community

Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine ‘ill prepared’ for Brexit

The Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine is ill-prepared to protect the food and agriculture sector from the effects of Brexit because its staffing was slashed by a third during the economic crisis, IMPACT said today (Thursday). Speaking at a trade union seminar on the impact of Brexit in the food industry, the union’s […]

Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine ‘ill prepared’ for Brexit