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BRANCH MEETING Today
ELT Unite is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.
Topic: Branch Member Motions
Time: Mar 19, 2020 15:00 – 16:00 PM
Please check your spam filters for an email from the branch. We will be discussing a document included. In addition, please bring your proposals, known as motions, to the meeting for consideration and approval by the branch.
If you have any questions please get in touch.
March 16th: With regard to the COVID-19 situation, further updates have been issued through the Department of Employment & Social Protection to Trade Unions.
This information focuses on workers in lay-off situations and requiring and needing to deal with the Department.
Please read the information in full and follow the guidelines as set out.
Please also circulate this information to any colleagues, friends or family who you think may find themselves in these circumstances.
You can also access the Guide via this link.
Yours in solidarityBrendan Ogle – Senior Officer – Republic of Ireland – 16/03/20
Hello to all members and non-members. Our schools have been forced to close, take classes online or perhaps, in some circumstances, keep going on a skeleton basis. The issue is that we need to gather information and establish courses of action.
Our branch is volunteer run and is always looking for new members to help. We will be holding remote meetings for members so please click here to join if you wish to participate.
Further information on schools, Unite and Government responses can be found in here in the information section of the site.
From 6pm, 12 March 2020, all schools, colleges and childcare facilities will close. Pupils should take their books and learning materials home with them this evening. While children are at home, they should practice social distancing such as minimising social contact, avoiding meeting up and keeping physical space between them and other people.HSE
All members who have been laid off temporarily are advised to go to their local social welfare office and sign on immediately. If you need help with this please get in touch with us. If you have documentation from your employer please take that with you too, in order to ease the processing of your claim. You are not obliged to use your holiday leave, you should be paid either by the school or the state.
Citizens Information have further information if you follow this link.
Don’t forget that during all this it is important to look after fellow teachers and we never stop our ongoing campaigns.
Delfin dispute escalates, English Language Teachers strike!
Full-day stoppage follows management’s refusal of collective bargaining.
Trade union Unite, which represents all teachers working in Delfin English School, will picket the school Delfin Dublin from 09.00 hrs to 18.00 hrs October 7th. The escalation of this dispute follows repeated attempts by Unite to engage with management in a bid to address workers’ concerns.
“Management has consistently refused to address teachers’ concerns or to negotiate with them collectively through the union of their choice, leaving workers with no option but to take industrial action said Unite Regional Officer Brendan Byrne, further stating that
“Our members have been trying to address a range of issues from low pay to unpaid breaks and what amount to temporary lay-offs over Christmas.
“The resolution of this dispute is in the hands of management: they just need to pick up the phone and talk to their workers through their union, Unite.
“This is the first strike action in a sector where precarious working conditions are the norm. Unless schools move to engage with workers collectively, it is unlikely that tomorrow’s action will be the last in the sector”, Mr Byrne warned.
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Students and teachers all over the world are joining again together to fight the existential threat that faces us. The ELT unite branch would like to kindly facilitate you in teaching your students with our free lesson plan.
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Follow us on Instagram @eltunite and perhaps we can protest together at an event near each other. This is one of the Dublin events but other events near you can be located on the Global Climate Strike website.
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