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Recent Industrial Action in Private Sector Archaeology: An Open Invitation to attend Mediation

Friday 6th July 2018

Given the recent industrial relations, which have thrown the Irish archaeological sector into the spotlight, the Board of the IAI would like to issue the following statement:

The aim of the IAI, through the representation of our members, is to advance and strengthen the profession of archaeology in Ireland and membership is open to professional archaeologists working in both Ireland and Northern Ireland. The IAI represents members working in the public sector, the private (or ‘commercial’) sector, as well as museums and academia. We support the rights of Irish archaeologists, both as employees and employers, to a stable and sustainable employment environment.

As construction projects gain pace once again, there is an accelerating demand for suitably trained, qualified and experienced archaeologists to undertake necessary mitigatory works. In order to keep these individuals, and their knowledge, in the sector, appropriate remuneration and working conditions are a necessity. This has long been a concern to our members and was formally assessed by a Working Group for the Review of Pay Rates (WGRPR), commissioned by the IAI in March 2014. For all archaeologists, recognition (financial and otherwise) of their qualifications and their professional work is of key importance.

In order to achieve this, it is important for our small profession to unite to address these issues and for all parties to show willingness to engage in meaningful negotiations about employment conditions. The IAI is not a union and cannot enforce any sectoral pay rates for our members. Given our diverse professional membership and our cross-border agenda, the IAI has long maintained a neutrality on the issue of pay and remuneration, which varies across the public and private sector and between national boundaries.

Archaeologists working in the public and academic sectors have a long tradition of trade union recognition and representation; we believe that the commercial sector should be no different. The Board of the IAI is willing to facilitate discussions and act as a mediator between the interested parties. As ever, if any Member of the IAI has any concerns regarding this area, we would invite them to raise these with the Board.

The Board would like to acknowledge the commercial sector employers and the UNITE trade union who have engaged in the negotiation of these rights to date. We hope that their ongoing dialogue will be fruitful and bring Archaeology to equivalence with other areas of the construction sector. Ultimately, these actions provide for a greater recognition of Archaeology as a true profession.

On behalf of the IAI Board

 Dr James Bonsall, Chairperson, Institute of Archaeologists of Ireland

Cian Hogan, Public Relations Officer, Institute of Archaeologists of Ireland

 

Respect your Follow Archaeologists

Over the last few weeks the Board of the Institute of Archaeologists of Ireland have noticed that that less-than-respectable comments have been made between parties, principally in the private (commercial) sector, on several social media fora.

The Board would like to remind its Members that by joining the Institute, and remaining as a Member, they made a contract with the Institute and a commitment to professionalism within the sector. This does not just cover their career work, but also their engagement with archaeology in other areas. If any Member(s) would like to bring any issue of maltreatment on such fora to the Board, please contact us at: iaiarchaeology[at]gmail.com

For those not among the Membership of the Institute, professional archaeologists are representatives of and for Irish archaeology; and that as such, any and all of our comments will be taken to reflect the sector.

The Board would like to remind all professional archaeologists working on the island of Ireland that discussion (or even argument), whether in agreement or disagreement, can and should be carried out in a respectful, professional manner.

 

Want to warm up on a cold day – Iron smelt CPD on 7th December 2019

Join us for the final face-to-face CPD event of the IAI CPD 2019 calendar. The workshop titled Early medieval iron smelting workshop for archaeologists will take place on Saturday 7 December 2019 in the Centre for Experimental Archaeology and Material Culture within the grounds of UCD. The trainers are Dr. Brendan O’Neill and Prof. Aidan O’Sullivan. This event will focus on early medieval technologies, allowing attendees to actively participate in an iron smelt. This workshop is part of a series designed to engage with professionals, researchers and interested parties at all levels. Registration is essential as places are limited due to the practical nature of the training. Full details and registration form on our CPD... read more

Invasive Species training for Archaeologists

The next CPD event entitled Invasive Species and Archaeology – Awareness and Best Practice will takes place on Friday 25th October 2019 in Transport Infrastructure Ireland office, Parkgate Street, Dublin. IAI is delighted to partner with TII’s Environmental Policy and Compliance section, who has designed a half day training seminar, offering the participant an opportunity to learn about invasive alien plant species (IAPS) from some of Ireland’s leading experts. The event will introduce participants in the identification of IAPS and the root systems of the species. The participants will learn about the legal mechanism applicable to encountering and interfering with IAPS. The participant will be informed, through case study experiences, of the issues involved in a development context when IAPS are present on/within close proximity to a site. The seminar will offer practical advice on the do’s and don’ts of cleaning tools, equipment and machinery (where applicable) that are in use in an area of IAPS. This is a free event to attend. Registration is essential, so please populate and return via email the registration form. Full details and registration form on CPD event page of the website.... read more

UAV/Drone CPD event, Knowth House, Brú Na Bóinne, Co. Meath

Unique opportunity to learn about the usefulness and value of UAV’s for archaeologists and learn about the guidance and best practice in terms of operating a UAV. This event will include a practical drone flight session with expert trainers. The event runs from 1.30-8pm. Full details and registration forms on the CPD section of the... read more

IAI Newsletter – deadline 4th May 2019

Following an interesting conference where the multiple, sometimes hidden, faces of archaeology were celebrated the Newsletter Editor would like to extend the deadline for submissions for the IAI newsletter to the 4th of May 2019. I look forward to hearing from our specialists, illustrators, consultants, fieldworkers and everyone in between via email at newsletter[@]iai.ie or mnicheallachain[@]gmail.com... read more

IAI 2019 Conference – booklet and abstracts

We’re looking forward to meeting with our many Members and non-Members at the IAI2019 Conference in River Lee Hotel, Cork on Friday 5 and Saturday 6 April 2019. A very strong line up of speakers discussing many issues. Click to download – IAI Conference 2019 booklet of... read more

IAI Conference 2019 – Stakeholders and Roundtable Discussions

The 2019 IAI Conference will take place in the River Lee Hotel, Co. Cork on April 5th and 6th. The Conference, “Now and Again: Current and Recurring Issues Facing Irish Archaeologists”, will examine the Archaeological Profession itself. A number of Key Stakeholders have confirmed their attendance and will be giving position papers, including: Michael MacDonagh, National Monuments Service, Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht; Johanna Vuolteenaho, Historic Environment Division, Department for Communities; Ronan Swan, Transport Infrastructure Ireland; Edel Bhreathnach, The Discovery Programme; James Kyle, UNITE – Archaeological Branch; Ian Doyle, Royal Irish Academy; Chelsea Ryan, Association of Young Irish Archaeologists; Ciara Brett, Local Authority Archaeology Officer Network; Maeve Sikora, National Museum of Ireland; FAME, the Federation of Archaeological Managers & Employers (speaker tbc).   In addition to the Stakeholder papers, we want to hear directly from the Membership. Currently registered to speak in this segment are: Charles Mount, Irish Concrete Foundation; Dr. Meriel McClatchie, UCD School of Archaeology; Liz Gardner and Sarah Nylund, Archaeological Illustrators; Dr. James Lyttleton, Irish Post-Medieval Archaeology Group; Faith Bailey, IAC Archaeology. Those papers will be used as a starting point for Roundtable Discussions at the Conference to gather data and opinions on topics and issues facing the profession, such as the grading of archaeological practitioners; training of archaeological professionals; and “The Definition of an Archaeologist”. It is hoped that the concerns of Irish archaeologists that do not regularly present on the Conference circuit can be captured by this variable format. If you have a view on the challenges faced by the Profession, now is your chance to have it heard. The IAI wishes... read more

JIA Call for Papers & shorter paper format

JIA Call for Papers and announcement of shorter paper format The Call for Papers for Vol. XXVIII 2019 of the Journal of Irish Archaeology (to be published in late 2019) will close on 28 February 2019.   In addition to longer PAPERS, the Journal of Irish Archaeology is now also seeking submissions of shorter REPORTS. Both should have a strong analytical component, but PAPERS will have more substantial discussion sections in which the broader implications of the research are considered. REPORTS may be more technical, address a narrower topic, and/or have a narrower analytical context. For example, a PAPER on the excavation of a Mesolithic flint scatter may contextualize the new findings within a broader analysis of Mesolithic mobility and subsistence patterns. A REPORT on the same Mesolithic flint scatter may restrict its analysis to contextualising the finds within our current understanding of Mesolithic flint tool technology.   PAPERS should be no longer than c. 10,000 words, including bibliography, tables and captions. Authors considering submission of papers of greater length must discuss them with the editor (currently Dr Katharina Becker) in advance of submission. REPORTS should be c. 3,500 words including bibliography, tables and captions. The editor reserves the right to determine the categorization of a submission as a PAPER or a REPORT. If an author is unsure about whether their work would be better submitted as a PAPER or a REPORT, they are encouraged to contact the editor (jiaeditor@iai.ie).   The JIA Editorial Board would particularly encourage archaeologists working in the commercial sector to consider making submissions of shorter REPORTS to the... read more

IAI Photography Competition – Cork 2019

The IAI is running its Photography Competition again this year. Photographs should represent aspects of Irish archaeology, and can include pictures of monuments, artefacts, or work in the field or lab. This year, to keep with the theme of the conference, we would like to see more photographs of archaeologists at work; and ones focusing on aspects of environmental and urban archaeology. Permission becomes very important in this context. Photographers should obtain permission to enter an image from individuals that appear in it. The IAI will not be able to validate each entry – submission will be taken as permission. Every year there are many wonderful entries to the competition. This year the IAI will run a Facebook campaign after the competition which will display all entries. If the entrant wishes, they can send a brief caption to accompany the image when it is posted. Please do not give detailed names or locations. Entry to the competition grants the IAI permission to use photographs in this campaign. A panel of judges from the Board of the IAI will select the winners.   Conditions: Only one entry per person is allowed. Professional photographers need to declare themselves. Images should be no smaller than 800KB and no larger than 10MB. Images are to be submitted in jpeg format, along with captions, to media@iai.ie. The closing date for entries is Friday 29th March 2019.   Prizes this year are: First Place –  OPW Heritage Card and copies of guidebooks to the Wild Atlantic Way and Ireland’s Ancient East Second Place –  OPW Heritage Card and a copy of guidebook to Ireland’s Ancient... read more