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JobBridge and union discipline June 10, 2014

Posted by Tomboktu in Austerity, Employment Rights, Trade Unions.
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An interesting item in the June 2014 issue of In Touch, the magazine of the Irish National Teachers’ Organisation (INTO), available to read online here.

On page 9, we have the following:

JobBridge Directive

Following extensive consultation with members and discussions at an INTO Branch and District Officers’ Conference on 12 November 2011, the CEC decided at a meeting on 17 November 2011 not to support the JobBridge National Internship Scheme for graduates. The scheme is viewed by INTO as being exploitative of newly qualified teachers.

The union backed that up with a Directive to members “not to participate in the JobBridge National Internship Scheme”.

The article does not clarify what the union means by “participate”. But it has caused problems within the union.

Since May 2013, 28 complaints against 22 members have been received and have/are being processed under Rule 104 and 105 of the INTO Rules and Constitution. These complaints have all been made by members alleging that an identified INTO member breached the INTO directive. In all cases, concilliation was unsuccessfully attempted to bring about a resolution of the matter.

When it was originally issued, that Directive led to queries, and in August 2013 the union’s

CEC confirmed its view to district secretaries [...] that the INTO directive on JobBridge applies only to teaching positions within a school, but included posts advertised with other titles that were clearly designed to recruit a qualified primary teacher to a teaching poition.

It is not a good position for a union to be in to have 22 members, even in a large union like the INTO, undergoing a disciplinary process.

What the article does not provide information on is whether the 22 are newly qualified teachers who are alleged to have taken up JobBridge placements or are others such as school principals who are alleged to have recruited or facilitated the recruitment of qualiied teachers into JobBridge placements, or a combination of both.

It would be interesting to see if the directive could have any bite and provide the basis for the union to take legal indistrial action.

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1. Michael Carley - June 11, 2014

I assume there should be a `not’ in `What the article does provide information on is whether the 22 are newly qualified teachers …’

Anyhow, they’re doing the right thing. I don’t know Irish union legislation, but I’d be interested to know if they can lawfully expel members who have breached the directive.

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Tomboktu - June 11, 2014

There was indeed an error in my original post, which I have now corrected. Many thanks for pointing it out.

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2. 6to5against - June 11, 2014

My guess is that this relates to schools who have taken people on as job-bridge participants, and the 22 people are principals.

Given the temptations to schools to go for this, i don’t think 22 is a crazy number. But its important that the INTO take a stand on it. I know there are a number of directives in teaching unions – and I imagine most unions – that have fallen by the wayside over the years without ever being withdrawn. This one really shouldn’t go the same way.

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4. ivorthorne - June 11, 2014

Used to work in a special needs’ school who took on Job-bridgers after they had lots of SNAs let go. Don’t know if many of the teachers were members of the INTO but some of the job-bridgers were. From a PR perspective, it would be risky for the union to take action in those kind of circumstances.

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