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Clare Childcare professionals get increases in ‘historic’ pay deal

SIPTU members working in early childhood care and education have welcomed the establishment of an Employment Regulation Order (ERO) that sets minimum pay rates for the sector, and comes into effect this Thursday, September 15.  The pay deal, negotiated by SIPTU Organisers and activists on behalf of the union’s 6,000 members in the sector, and which was signed off by the Government last week. will set legally binding rates of pay.  The minimum rates contain in the ERO are as follows: Early Years Educator: €13.00 Lead Educator: €14.00 Graduate Lead Educator: €15.50 Deputy Manager: €15.70 Manager: €16.50 Graduate Manager: €17.25 Early Years teacher and SIPTU activist, Claire Casey said: “The signing of this ERO by Minister of State for Business, Employment and Retail, Damien English, marks an historic day for our profession. “After years of campaigning, we finally have our first pay deal. Thousands of Early Years Professionals will see a pay increase that will end poverty wages and set us on a path to professional …

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New LIT campus for Ennis

LIT has confirmed its plans to open a new campus in Ennis on foot of a proposed capital investment of €0.75 million by Clare County Council. Located on Bindon Street in the town’s historic core, the new facility will enable a substantial increase in higher education activity in the town. Reflecting LIT’s regional development remit, the LIT Ennis campus will join LIT’s existing campuses at Clonmel and Thurles in County Tipperary; Moylish and Clare Street in Limerick City; and a new engineering-focused campus currently under development at Coonagh in Limerick. A total of six degree programmes in Social Care, Early Childhood Care and Education, and Marketing and Management are now available through the CAO at LIT in Ennis for September commencement. Possibilities for evening and professional learning will also be opened up. Commenting on the news, LIT President, Professor Vincent Cunnane said, “We are delighted to be able to progress our plans in Ennis. We intend to provide an expanded …

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