A row over the students’ complaint procedure at the Institute of Technology in Tralee has been referred to the Labour Court.
A spokesperson for the Teachers’ Union of Ireland said they had tabled a proposal on Friday but this was not accepted by management at the college.
Earlier this year the union moved not to comply with IT Tralee’s policy on how complaints are made.
The industrial action means that TUI members did not attend student-lecturer meetings after exam results were released recently.
A TUI spokesperson says it is unlikely that this will now change before the summer break as their proposal was not accepted.
The IT Tralee Students’ Union has expressed anger at the decision not to attend the meetings; claiming it leaves students in limbo.
Both the TUI and IT Tralee have agreed to refer the matter to the Labour Court.
A statement from IT Tralee said they requested that the TUI suspend its industrial action, pending the outcome of the hearing and said it was regrettable that the union is unable to facilitate this request.
IT Tralee says it continues to be available to engage in meaningful discussions with the TUI and deeply regrets the consequences of the industrial action particularly in relation to how it affects students.