Lecturers at Ireland's Institutes of Technology will strike for one day next month in protest at chronic underfunding and precarious contracts in the sector. 

The decision, by members of the Teachers' Union of Ireland, follows a ballot in December in which 92% favoured strike action.

The union says the one day strike, on 3 February, is the beginning of a campaign of action to address a number of crisis issues in the sector.

In a statement, TUI President Gerry Quinn said the sector had been brutalised by an era of anti-educational cutbacks.

He said the latest figures spoke for themselves; funding cut by 35% between 2008 and 2015 while student numbers rose by a staggering 32%.

Over that period lecturer numbers fell by 9.5%. Mr Quinn said this had had a direct, detrimental effect on the quality of service to students and the working conditions of academics.

Mr Quinn said that, in this context, the decision to press ahead with publication of the Technological Universities Bill was "worrying in the extreme".

He said the intention to effect such huge change without full commitment to proper resourcing was "grossly ill-advised".