Author Archives: eltunite
Here is the link on current pay and conditions of English Language teachers for the upcoming JLC [Joint Labour Committee]
Education Course for March/April 2022
Education course for ELT branch members starting this Saturday 26th March. It has been designed for our branch and will include what a union is and does, the role of the workplace rep and how to organise in the workplace, what employment rights there are and the structures of Unite. The course takes place on three consecutive Saturdays that is – Saturday 26thMarch, the 2nd of April and the 9th of April from 10am to 12.30 pm. If you are interested please contact Colette Godkin whose email address can be found with the notification emails sent to members every month.
Latest ELT newsletter out now
Link to return to work survey
Link to Return to work _
September 2021 –English Language teachers survey
Socially-Distanced Protest Against Unsafe ELE School Reopenings
Unite English Language Teachers to protest the early and unsafe re-opening of the English Language Education sector.
When: Monday, July 19th 1pm
Where: Department of Further and Higher Education, Malborough Street, Dublin 1
Unite’s English Language Teachers’ branch last night [July 14th] voted to call a march of teachers and students to protest the Department’s plans to re-open English language schools on Monday July 19th – with less than one week’s notice to students and teachers.
Richie Browne, Regional Coordinating Officer for Unite explained the concerns of his union’s membership among English language teachers:
“Our members employed in the English-language teaching sector have numerous concerns about this decision by the Department; one of the main ones being that most teachers and their students are in younger age groups and are still unvaccinated. These concerns were raised with the government’s working group, of which Unite English Language Teachers’ branch is a member, but they don’t appear to have been taken into account in any way. “The decision of the Department’s COVID-19 Working Group to suddenly reopen the English Language Education industry will give free rein to the predominant, large school owners whose response during Covid was completely inadequate. They sought to write ‘self-regulating’ codes and ignored calls for sick pay, elected staff representation, and safe external reporting mechanisms for non-compliance with safety protocols”, Mr Browne said.
Unite is asking teachers and supporters to assemble at the Spire at 12:30 and march to the Department of Education. The timing of the protest march is set to coincide with the day when the Department is permitting school owners to re-open Ireland’s English Language Education sector for face-to-face classes.
If you cannot attend the protest, please consider signing the petition, found here.
Unite ELT Charter 2021
‘English Language Teaching (ELT) in Ireland: is it a career?’ – Roy James Willoughby
A summary of this dissertation was presented at the ELT Branch Open Meeting on 31st May 2021.
Teachers’ Views on Their Work – Surveys 2020 – Anne Dunne
This presentation was delivered at the ELT Unite Open Meeting on 31st May 2021.