Date Released: 28 October 2014
SIPTU has called an emergency meeting of the staff of language schools in response to growing uncertainty in the sector. The meeting, which is open to SIPTU members and non-members, will be held in Liberty Hall, Dublin, on Saturday, 1st November, at 11.00 a.m.
SIPTU Education Sector Organiser, Louise O’Reilly, said: “This morning, staff and students arrived at Leinster College, Dublin, to find a note pinned to the door advising them that it will be closed for a week. However, staff are not convinced that the language school will reopen and are concerned about their wages which were due to be paid today.
“Leinster College managing director, Khan M Salehin, could not be contacted despite repeated attempts by SIPTU, staff and students.”
Louise O’Reilly added: “SIPTU is concerned that a pattern is emerging in the language school sector of institutions closing with both staff and students being left owed monies. SIPTU is calling on members and non-members alike to attend a meeting in Liberty Hall on Saturday, 1st November, to discuss the problems which are developing in the sector.
“It is long past time that we shone a light on this sector and the way that staff are treated. SIPTU has received a significant number of inquiries from people working in language schools. It is clear that it is time for workers in this sector to come together and decide on how best we can improve the conditions in these colleges for both staff and students.”