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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.

 

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

Call for papers now open

The call for papers for the IAI 2019 Conference is now open. IAI 2019 Conference will take place in the River Lee Hotel, Co. Cork on April 5th and 6th 2019.   The title of this Conference is “Now and Again: Current and Recurring Issues Facing Irish Archaeologists” and the theme for Day 1 of this Conference will be the Archaeological Profession itself. Papers can be of varying lengths ranging from 5-minute position statements to 20-minute outlines. These papers will be used as a starting point for round table 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”. The outcomes of the Conference will allow the IAI to develop an agreed Definition of an Archaeologist that encompasses all strands of the Profession. The format of this Conference is as follows: Friday 5th April Day 1 – Session 1: Presentations from key stakeholders and wider membership on the issues facing Irish Archaeologists focused with a view to provoking further discussion at the round tables. Day 1 – Session 2: Round table discussions consisting of 8-10 participants. Opinions and experiences will be compiled with points reported back to the Conference. The IAI AGM Saturday 6th April Day 2: of this Conference will feature an Environmental Archaeology and Urban Archaeology theme with further details to be announced over the coming week. Those who are interested in presenting at the upcoming Conference should email an abstract of between 100 to 500 words with a title and an indication of... read more

Career opportunity

A position for Curatorial E – Archaeologist, Historic Environment Division, Northern Ireland Civil Service has been advertised. Closing date is Friday 30th November 2018. Full details (click to download pdf) – Job... read more

Impending strike action

The IAI is aware of impending strike action by the Archaeology Branch of the UNITE trade union as part of an ongoing industrial dispute with IAC Ltd. The IAI Board urges all parties to make use of the State’s industrial relations apparatus in order to resolve their differences and avoid further industrial action. The recent agreement between UNITE and Rubicon Heritage Services Ltd at the Workplace Relations Commission demonstrates that discussions can lead to positive outcomes for employers and employees. The IAI hopes that a similar accord can be reached in relation to the current... read more

Dig: the value of archaeology for society and the economy

IAI are proud to be partners in the forthcoming conference – Dig: the value of archaeology for society and the economy, which takes place between Kilkenny and Dublin from 5-9th of November 2018. A range of excellent speakers and topical/informative workshops takes place during the conference, all as part of a celebration of the European Year of Cultural Heritage. Book your place early to avoid disappointment, this is one of the highlights of 2018 for all in the archaeological profession. Full details and bookings... read more

Dr. Eileen Reilly (RIP) – Friend, Colleague and former Vice-Chair

It is with a heavy heart that we learned of the tragic passing of our dear friend Dr Eileen Reilly MIAI. Eileen was Vice-Chair of the Institute of Archaeologists of Ireland from 2013 through to 2015. Eileen was an environmental archaeologist and one of few who specialised in archaeoentomology – the analysis of insect remains in archaeological soils. A graduate of Archaeology and Geography at University College Dublin in 1992, Eileen completed an MSc in Environmental Archaeology and Palaeoeconomy at Sheffield University in 1995. Eileen worked on a number of research and commercial excavation projects as an archaeoentomologist between 1995-2002, including The Lisheen Mine Archaeological Project, Temple Bar West and Corlea Bog, and participated in the INTAR 3 research project in Novgorod, Russia. Eileen joined the Department of Botany at Trinity College Dublin, to carry out her PhD research examining insect biodiversity and woodland history change due to natural and human-driven influences. After completing her PhD in 2008, Eileen continued to enjoy working in both the research and commercial archaeological sectors, including high profile projects such as the multi-period wetland complex at Edercloon and the Early Medieval monastic site of Skellig Michael, as well as the EPA-funded project Extreme Weather, Climate and Natural Disasters in Ireland project, and the Discovery Programme’s Environmental Pilot Project. Between 2011-2013, Eileen worked with the National Museum by analysing samples from the iconic Viking Age Fishamble Street site, one of the very few archaeoentomological studies of a major urban settlement in Europe, which fuelled her post-doctoral research project at UCD Archaeology, ‘Dirt, Dwellings and Culture: Reconstructing living conditions in early medieval Ireland and Northwestern... read more

Board vacancies

The IAI is currently seeking expressions of interest from Members to serve on the Board of the Institute. The current vacancies are available:   Honorary Secretary Treasurer Ordinary Board Member   Any Full Member (MIAI) in good standing is eligible to serve on the Board. Please forward any expressions of interest by Friday 3rd August by emailing iaiarchaeology[@]gmail.com or post to 63, Merrion Square, Dublin 2 to arrive before close of business on Friday 3rd August 2018.   Regards, IAI... read more