Trinity left facing big fines over 27 'illegal' pay rises
ONE of the country's top universities is facing massive fines after it awarded pay increases to 27 academics.
The promotions were made last summer despite the fact that any such move was unauthorised after a clampdown on pay rises and jobs in the public sector.
Now Trinity is facing a cut in its annual grant as the Department of Education seeks to recoup the additional pay awards.
The increases range from €3,500 to €5,200 per year initially -- but will be worth from €12,900 to €35,886 extra within a few years.
The Department of Education and Skills said last night: "The promotions were made outside the terms of the Employment Control Framework that has been in operation in the sector and are therefore unauthorised under the terms of that framework. TCD has been notified of this."
He said that the Higher Education Authority will be in discussions with Trinity "with a view to protecting the Exchequer from any unauthorised costs".
However, the college has defended the pay rises saying the internal promotions followed a rigorous competition process and were made on the basis of achievements.
It added that the promotions process had begun before the jobs freeze and promotion ban was imposed.