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Thursday 17 October 2019

Trinity College ordered to reinstate axed staff

TRINITY College Dublin (TCD) has been told to reinstate three staff members that it made redundant last year, writes Katherine Donnelly.

The Labour Court has ruled that the redundancies were a breach of the Croke Park agreement, which guarantees no compulsory redundancies in the public service.

Two of the staff were lecturers and the third worked in the library. They all had lengthy service.

The three were employed on contracts of indefinite duration -- effectively permanent status -- and were told that their jobs were linked to the availability of funding.

The compulsory redundancies were challenged by their union, the Irish Federation of University Teachers (IFUT).

The court ruled that under the terms of the Croke Park agreement, rather than dismissing the employees concerned, TCD should have dealt with the situation by using flexibility, redeployment and/or retraining.

A TCD spokesperson said the college was considering the recommendation.

Irish Independent

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