Tuesday, 1 May 2018
Department of Education and Skills
Third Level Staff
167. 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 if he will make a statement on the matter. [18969/18]
The Report of the Chair of the Expert Group on Fixed Term and Part-Time issues in Lecturing in Ireland was published in July 2016 and the Report contains a number of recommendations that 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 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 have done so.
If a union representing lecturing grades believes that a third level college is not implementing the recommendations contained within the Report of the Chair of the Expert Group, that union can seek to have the matter addressed using the dispute resolution procedures provided for in the Public Service Agreement.
168. To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the status of the establishment of an adjudicator system to hear disputes arising from the implementation of the Cush report as requested by his Department in 2017. [18970/18]
My Department wrote to the university sector in June 2017 requesting that an Adjudicator process be put in place to ensure implementation of the Cush Report.
I understand that following consultation with the unions the university sector has now appointed an Adjudicator and established an adjudication system for the purposes of the Cush Report.