MTU staff to protest as Taoiseach attends flag ceremony

MTU staff to protest as Taoiseach attends flag ceremony

A raising of the flag ceremony to be attended by the Taoiseach in Cork tomorrow will be subject to a formal protest by workers at Munster Technological University.

The Bishopstown-based university is set to welcome the Taoiseach Micheál Martin together with Minister for Higher Education Simon Harris to the event at 10am.

However, workers at the university from the TUI union are set to hold a “silent protest” with placards at the symbolic raising of the MTU flag for the college’s first academic semester on the same morning.

The protest stems from a number of issues raised by staff with management at the new university, formed via a unification of Tralee IT and CIT under the same banner.

Susan Flannery, chair of MTU’s TUI branch, says the protest has its foundations in the decision to form a technical university in the first place, with staff members left “frustrated” due to there being “no meaningful engagement with management since January 2019”.

Those grievances relate to unresolved issues concerning recruitment, staff complaints procedures, a perceived lack of proper career frameworks for workers, and the safeguarding of regional provision, “something Tralee would worry about”, Ms Flannery said.

The MTU union branch says it remains engaged in industrial action, “following an overwhelming mandate”, due to a “blatant failure by management to consult with its academic staff”.

In terms of staff recruitment, they claim that “key positions are

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