Monday, 11 September 2017
Department of Education and Skills
Third Level Staff
382. To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the progress his Department has made in respect of the implementation of the Cush Report regarding part time and fixed term employment in third level institutions and in particular her Department’s request in June 2017 that third level institutions establish an adjudication system to hear disputes arising from the implementation of the Cush Report; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [38064/17]
The Report of the Chair of the Expert Group on Fixed Term and Part-Time issues in Lecturing in Ireland was published in May 2016 and the Report contains a number of recommendations that will assist in addressing concerns raised about the level of part-time and fixed-term employment in lecturing in the third level sector. My Department issued directions to the sector on 4 July 2016 to implement the recommendations contained in the report in accordance with the terms of the Lansdowne Road Agreement and my understanding is that the Institutions are taking steps to do so.
My officials also wrote to the universities on 27 June 2017 requesting that an adjudication system be established to hear any disputes arising from the implementation of the Cush Report.
I understand that the Irish Universities Association has been in contact with the trade unions in regard to the establishment of an adjudicator system with a view to operationalising the adjudication process at an early date.