TUI conference to hear from IT Tralee staff seeking protection during merger

Members of the Teachers’ Union of Ireland at IT Tralee are to debate a motion at their annual congress to protect staff in the formation of the Munster Technological University.

The TUI is gathered at the INEC in Killarney until Thursday for its annual think-in.

The Munster Technological University, which has been in the pipeline since 2013, will see IT Tralee and Cork Institute of Technology merge to form the second Technological University in Ireland.

The necessary legislation has been passed to clear the way for the merger and it is hoped the first MTU students will be enrolled from this September.

In February, staff at both institutes voted in favour of the merger, which management say will not include any compulsory redundancies or redeployment of staff.

An IT Tralee motion, due to be discussed this evening at the annual TUI conference in Killarney, asks that congress instructs the Executive Committee to protect staff from any possible forced reassignment or redeployment as a result of the merger.

The motion also asks the committee to negotiate a policy for voluntary mobility and transfer of staff between different locations of a technological university in order to protect the terms and conditions of members.