Saturday 7 December 2019

DkIT strike called off as fresh talks agreed

Olivia Ryan

The strike action planned at DkIT today (Tuesday) has been called off after members of the teaching union TUI reached agreement with management on a way through the impasse.

The TUI's branch at DkIT confirmed on Friday last that industrial action would not go ahead following what they said were 'written commitments made by DkIT management regarding the TUI's concerns, including a written commitment to achieving Technological University status and an immediate engagement in the Technological University process. The Institute will also immediately commence engagement with existing TUs and TU consortia with a process of consortium/TU identification to conclude by April 2020..

The TUI said that DkIT Management had 'also agreed to the withdrawal of a planned proposal to create a fifth school, which if implemented, would have breached a range of national agreements. In addition, a consultation mechanism to facilitate meaningful consultation was also agreed.'

A spokesman said: 'This is a significant step in protecting the future of Higher Education provision in the region, and securing the economic, cultural and social benefits that University status will generate for the North East.'

Concerns about ongoing issues at DkIT were also raised at the monthly meeting of Louth County Council yesterday (Monday) where Labour Councillor Michelle Hall called for the council to write to the Institute management 'to impress the importance of having a Technological University in the region.'

Cllr. Tomas Sharkey, who declared he is a member of the DkIT Governing body, highlighted some of the concerns around pursuing Technological University status, adding that it would have to involve an amalgamation with Sligo, Letterkenny I.T and Athlone.

The council passed Cllr. Hall's motion, but added an amendment which will see DkIT President Michael Mulvey being invited to meet with members, in a private capacity.

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