Dundalk IT lecturers to proceed with strike this Wednesday
Dundalk IT lecturers and researchers are proceeding with a one day strike action on Wednesday, February 3rd in protest against the underfunding crisis in the country’s Institutes of Technology.
Nationally the Institute of Technology sector has suffered a 35% cut in government funding since 2008 while absorbing a 32% rise in student numbers. As a consequence students now experience larger class sizes, reduced library and learning support services and have less access to laboratories and equipment. Lecturers have increasingly reported paying for classroom resources from their own pocket in order to continue to conduct classes.
The strike is part of a national campaign organised by the Teachers’ Union of Ireland (TUI), which represents 4,000 academic staff in the countries Institutes of Technology. It follows a national ballot in December which saw over 90% vote for strike action over the underfunding crisis.
DkIT Teachers’ Union of Ireland Vice-Chair Kenneth Sloane stated “the current rhetoric about economic recovery rings very hollow to our members and their students. Despite doing more with less for the last eight years there is no sign of recovery in the IoT sector, instead the Government is intensifying Austerity policies which continue to wreak on the education system and the students it serves.”
TUI members will picket the Dublin Road campus from 8am until 9pm on Wednesday next. The strike action is being supported by the Union of Students in Ireland (USI).