A package of measures to improve work-life balance (Research)

External practice
Leave provisions on TUI website
Leave provisions on TUI website

Duration

Ongoing

Partnership

Government

Reason it was developed

The challenges faced by the union members relating to reconciling work and life commitments relate to extra hours after work, additional work hours imposed during recession, high stress levels, CPD requirements, member expectations of themselves, the pressure to ‘publish or perish’ and commuting distances.

Activities

The union has been undertaking surveys and other research to assess the extent of the problem e.g. gender balance research 2017. In 2016 TUI published a report on gender imbalance in promotions in tertiary education and how to address it through promotion processes and better work-life balance, partly leading to a Government action plan and annual monitoring.

Results

One of the key achievements of the union has been the negotiated leave entitlements. The remaining challenges relate to not having addressed the male/female take-up of leave or sharing of caring responsibilities. Equally, the union hasn’t been able to address the issue for its own staff as they tend to use phone and email a lot even during annual leave.

Funding

Combination of union internal funds

Links

Ireland
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