FOUR WIT Branch Officers of the Teachers Union of Ireland have resigned in protest due to the decision of the Governing Body to proceed with the application for the Technological University of the South East, despite union members voting against the memorandum of understanding last week. In a letter sent out to members on Thursday, April 29, the four Branch Officers – Louise Walsh, Kathleen Moore Walsh, Richard Lacey and Una Kealy stated that they have “no desire to continue as Officers of the Branch where all the votes and voices of all members are not respected”.
The letter, which was co-signed by all four former Branch Officers, stated that there was a “lot of finger pointing” taking place over the MOU ballet.
“We respect the ballot and respect the right of all members to have opinions that differ from our own,” the letter stated. “We believe in unity, solidarity and democracy. We made it clear earlier in the week that we do not believe it was in the best interests of Branch unity and strength that a ‘Nice Treaty ballot take place.’ We sought to gather information and present items to be considered. There was a concerted effort to reject our efforts to bring all members along by identifying and addressing issues in an apparent effort to be expedient by seeking a new MOU ballot with no assurances. We respect the vote taken at the meeting on the motion, but we have no desire to continue as Officers in a Branch where all the votes and voices of all members are not respected.”
The letter went on to say that it was “ironic” that in the quest for the protection of the MOU that the “very essence of this Branch, its unity and solidarity has been undermined”
“Our position as Branch Officers has been undermined and our positions have become untenable,” the four officers said. “Therefore we are all resigning in protest today.”
The news follows on from the decision of both Governing Bodies in WIT and Carlow IT to proceed with the application for the Technological University of the South East despite a number of serious questions remaining unanswered.