The recent furore about the proposed merger of DCU with St. Pat’s and others is interesting because if this merger is problematic for unions and staff, we can only imagine what IR battles lie ahead in the third level system.
The big one will be the move of some institutions to TU status – if the international panels so recommend. Academic contracts within the IoT sector are quite different from those in the university sector and that seems to have been forgotten in all of the discussions about TUs. I can imagine that many staff in the IoT sector are quite happy with their existing contracts – for all sorts of valid reasons – but these will have to be torn up and replaced with very different ones if the new TUs are to be credible.
Interesting times ahead!