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Lecturers vote for industrial action

Ireland’s Institutes of Technology will see lecturers working fewer hours after they voted by a huge majority to take industrial action over what they say is an “unsustainable workload”.

Lecturers who are part of Ireland’s teachers union will revert to previously agreed weekly class-contact hours from September, refusing to work contentious extra “flex hours”, the union said in a statement issued on 19 April.

Providing the flex hours and then delivering a heavy ongoing workload of between 16 and 18 lecturing hours has impaired service to students, the union said. The hours are “far above international norms,” union president Joanne Irwin said.

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