DkIT disappointed in TUI’s decision to embark on industrial action next week
Dundalk Institute of Technology say they are disappointed in the Teachers’ Union of Ireland’s decision to embark on industrial action next week.
Strike action by lecturers and researchers will commence on Tuesday November 19th after they recently voted 99.1% in favour of industrial action in a dispute revolving around a lack of meaningful consultation on the Institute’s strategic future, and a proposed new “fifth school” that the TUI claims violates national and local agreements. TUI members are also in dispute over what they describe as “attempts to suppress open discussion in the Institute’s forums” and “an increasingly autocratic and dysfunctional style of management.”
In response to a TUI statement yesterday, DkIT said: “The Institute is disappointed by the TUI’s recent decision to take industrial action and continues to seek structured engagement and consultation with members around issues raised in their recent statement.
“At present, the Institute is actively engaged in a strategic planning process which involves extensive consultation with staff representatives from across the Institute in relation to the future direction of the Institute. In line with best practice, the Institute has organised more than 25 discussion sessions with internal and external stakeholders across a variety of strategic areas. This includes the exploration of all of the viable designation options available to DkIT including Technological University (TU).
“The purpose of this consultation process is to ensure that the full implications of all designation options are comprehended and are appropriately considered for adoption or otherwise within an overall Institute Strategic Plan 2020 to 2022 which will be published early next year.
“The Institute is eager to maintain open and constructive dialogue with the TUI in relation to issues raised and welcomes further discussion with its members to provide real and constructive engagement on issues raised.”