Wednesday 29 March 2017

UCD staff face forced redeployment

John Walshe Education Editor

STAFF at UCD face compulsory redeployment if they do not voluntarily move to other jobs within the university when they are asked, new proposals drawn up by management reveal.

They also warn that annual increment pay rises will not be paid if staff fail to agree to a new system of performance management.

The proposals have been put to unions in the context of implementing the Croke Park Agreement. Separate proposals have been put to unions in the six other universities.

The implementation plan at UCD stresses the need for re-deployment, re-organisation and rationalisation. This, it says, arises from the strategy for higher education and the changing economic and social circumstances.

"Mandatory redeployment within UCD will apply with implementation no later than the expiry of six weeks of formal notice," it states.

The document, seen by the Irish Independent, also provides for a fundamental review of the college's Performance Management and Incremental Progression system.

The aim is to link the further development of academic workload models with incremental pay rises. Local agreement will be sought on this link.

But the paper warns that "in the event that this is not agreed, payment of increments will be suspended and a portion of savings arising will be channelled into promotional opportunities as appropriate".

Irish Independent

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