January 31st, 2023
We are pleased to announce that today we are officially opening formal membership of this new union to all postgraduate researchers in Ireland. Being a member of PWO means that you will be part of an organisation that will pursue constructive action to reform the provision of postgraduate research in Ireland. Like groups such as the Irish National Teachers Organisation (INTO), we envisage membership of the union to be an integral part of being a postgraduate researcher in Ireland: a formalised, active union that ensures a decent standard of living for all of its members, both now and into the future. You can fill out the form below to officially become a member. In the coming week, you will get a welcome email with information about the union and our next action. You will also have the opportunity to provide additional information about your current situation that will help us better represent the current state of affairs to policymakers and the media.
**Massive News and Membership Drive**— PhDs' Collective Action Union (PCAU) (@PhdsPcau) January 31, 2023
PCAU and PGWA are officially going to merge under a new name, the Postgraduate Workers Organisation
So today we are officially opening formal membership to all postgraduate researchers in Ireland! (1/6)
December 6th, 2022
The PCAU has submitted the "Fair Postgraduate Researcher Agreement" (FRA) outlining a full set of demands for reforms to PhD research to the Minister for Higher Education Simon Harris. The document is fully supported by PGWA, the Postgraduate Researchers’ Alliance, and is made as a set of demands to be considered both by Harris, his PhD review board, and the Co-Chairs appointed to the board. The FRA is the result of months of engagement with our members from across the country, a process which delivered a clear and consistent message - PhD researchers in Ireland are struggling to survive on stipends that are never higher than thirty percent below the minimum wage, have no access to basic employment rights such as sick or paternal leave, and work within a system that actively discriminates against non-EU researchers in terms of remuneration and residency. The FRA is supported and endorsed by all major representative bodies of students and several local SUs across the universities of Ireland, including the TU Dublin Students Union, the Union of Students in Ireland (USI), University College Dublin Student Union (UCDSU), University of Galway Student Union and Trinity College Dublin Student Union (TCDSU). View the agreement here
Proud to release the Fair Researcher Agreement✊https://t.co/bO8lgLpq9C Ahead of the National Review for PhD supports, the FRA demands a living wage and basic worker rights for PhD researchers. We are underpaid, overworked and in desperate need for change.@SimonHarrisTD @pgwa_ie— PhDs' Collective Action Union (PCAU) (@PhdsPcau) December 6, 2022
Nov. 18th, 6pm. Trinity College Dublin
Invittation and details
Fair Pay for PhD Researchers
Full-time PhD Researcher in Technological University Dublin, exploring the application of Neuro-Symbolic AI for the detection of progaganda in news articles. I’m passionate about equality, fairness, and dignity, and I'm willing to stick my neck out so you don't have to!
In charge of general Union management, and also acts as a spokesperson in negotiations. The President shall chair all meetings; in case of their absence, the Vice President shall chair.
Hello! I am Jeffrey (or Siothrún in Irish) Sardina, Vice President of the PCAU. I am a full-time PhD researcher investigating knowledge graphs and machine learning at Trinity College Dublin. I ran for President on the platform of representing all PhD and postgraduate researchers in the demand for fair pay, equal treatment, and the breakdown of artificial barriers faced by non-EU and other marginalised PhDs. You are always welcome to reach out to me in either Irish or English.
Acting as an assistant to the President, as well as a substitute if at any point the President is unavailable. The Vice-President shall also act as Treasurer of the PCAU.
Responsible for gathering data, statistics, testimonies, and facts on the challenges PhD students face and how to resolve them.
Represents non-EU PhD students and the challenges they face.
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