INTO reject latest government pay offer

Posted in Governance and administration on October 31st, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Members of the Irish National Teachers Organisation (INTO) have rejected the latest government pay offer. 53% voted against the proposal on salaries for ‘new entrant’ teachers …” (more)

[Irish Examiner, 30 October]

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Second-level teachers to vote on two-tier pay proposal

Posted in Governance and administration on October 13th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“The Association of Secondary Teachers Ireland (ASTI) is to ballot its members on new Government pay proposals without a recommendation. The union’s president Breda Lynch said while new Government moves to end the controversial two-tier pay system representedMartin Wall some progress, it did not ‘achieve equal pay for equal work’ …” (more)

[Martin Wall, Irish Times, 13 October]

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Teachers mark down minister for failing to end austerity-era cuts

Posted in Governance and administration on October 10th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Increased funding that will bring the Department of Education budget to a record high of €10.7bn next year drew a mixed response, including criticism of the failure to do more to end austerity-era cuts. The €674m includes €147m to meet pension and lump sum costs, a higher than usual allocation at this time …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 10 October]

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‘A pittance’ – Teachers slam education investment in Budget 2019

Posted in Governance and administration on October 9th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Teachers associations have lashed out at the funding set aside for education as part of Budget 2019. This afternoon, the Finance Minister Paschal Donohoe announced a €10.8bn budget for the Department of Education next year. He said the allocation marks a 6.7% increase on last year …” (more)

[Michael Staines, Newstalk, 9 October]

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Teacher strikes possible for pay restoration

Posted in Governance and administration on September 26th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Ballots on the deal will be under way by October 10 among more than 70,000 members of the three main teacher unions, despite Finance Minister Paschal Donohoe’s insistence that there is no further funding to 2020 to improve the reduced pay for those who joined the public service after 2010 …” (more)

[Niall Murray, Irish Examiner, 26 September]

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ASTI/ INTO/TUI Joint Statement: Pay Talks Have Dragged On For Too Long

Posted in Governance and administration on September 5th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Meeting this week in Dublin, the presidents of the ASTI, INTO and TUI denounced the delay in reaching agreement in the ongoing talks with the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform. The talks, aimed at bringing an end to pay inequality for those who entered the profession since 1st January 2011, began following a historic three-union congress motion to undertake a joint campaign …” (more)

[INTO, 5 September]

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Bruton refuses to reveal penalties for teachers who strike over pay structure

Posted in Governance and administration on April 5th, 2018 by steve

“Education Minister Richard Bruton has declined to say what penalties, if any, teachers will face should they strike over the lower-pay structure for post-2011 recruits. On Tuesday, Mr Bruton warned the public service pay deal had provisions that allowed the imposition of pay freezes and other penalties if industrial action in breach of that agreement were to take place …” (more)

[Joe Leogue, Irish Examiner, 5 April]

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Schools could face shutdown in row over ‘two-tier’ pay

Posted in Governance and administration on April 3rd, 2018 by steve

“Teachers are giving the Government a month to produce a commitment to end two-tier pay rates – or strike ballots that could close schools in the autumn will go ahead. As the three teachers’ unions gather at their annual conferences, the mood is hardening for an early deal to eliminate lower salary scales for new entrants …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 3 April]

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Teachers’ unions will ‘shut down schools’ if pay parity not addressed

Posted in Governance and administration, Teaching on April 2nd, 2018 by steve

Ireland“The president of the INTO is warning that all three teachers’ unions ‘will be shutting down schools’ if the Government does not address the issue of pay parity. Almost 24,000 teachers earn less than their colleagues, for the same work, as a result of salary reductions introduced for new appointees since 2011 …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien and Vivienne Clarke, Irish Times, 2 April]

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“unfair”? Making up for lost class time

Posted in Teaching on March 7th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“This morning it is reported in the Irish Independent that the Irish National Teachers’ Organisation (INTO) have said that it would be ‘very unfair’ to shorten Easter holidays to make up for days lost due to bad weather. This might sound like a little bit of moaning to those in the private sector, but the statement comes just two weeks before the Easter holidays, and no doubt teachers as well as students and their parents will have plans in place for the two week break …” (more)

[Careful With That Axe, Eugene, 7 March]

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Numbers entering teaching ‘collapsing’ due to low pay, unions claim

Posted in Governance and administration on November 29th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“There has been a collapse in the number of people applying to study for qualifications to become second level teachers due to pay inequality, education sector unions claim. In a joint submission to the Public Service Pay Commission on Wednesday, the Teachers’ Union of Ireland (TUI), the Association of Secondary Teachers Ireland (ASTI) and the Irish National Teachers’ Organisation (INTO) argued that pay inequality in the profession had created a recruitment and retention crisis in teaching …” (more)

[Martin Wall, Irish Times, 29 November]

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Primary teachers reject new public service pay agreement by overwhelming majority

Posted in Governance and administration on July 14th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The Irish National Teachers’ Organisation (INTO) has rejected the new public service pay agreement by an overwhelming 89 to 11 per cent majority. The result is in line with the advice of the primary teacher union’s executive, which sought a rejection because the deal is not bringing about an end to two-tier pay rates …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 13 July]

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Three teachers’ unions look set to reject pay deal

Posted in Governance and administration on June 27th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The country’s biggest secondary school teachers’ union looks set to recommend to its members that they reject the proposed public sector pay deal. The move means all three teachers’ unions may end up voting against the draft agreement …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 27 June]

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Deal to increase new teachers’ salaries leads to new more gaps

Posted in Governance and administration on September 17th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Agreement does not apply to ASTI and may result in industrial action by Christmas. The deal to end lower salaries for recently recruited teachers will significantly widen the pay gap between many teachers – some working side-by-side in the same schools …” (more)

[Martin Wall, Irish Times, 17 September]

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€2,000 pay rise for newly qualified teachers after starting salary cuts

Posted in Governance and administration on September 17th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Thousands of newly qualified teachers who suffered massive cuts to starting salaries are to get a €2,000 pay rise, the Government has said. A deal was reached with the Irish National Teachers’ Organisation (INTO) and the Teachers’ Union of Ireland (TUI) after prolonged campaigns to get recent graduates on to similar pay scales as older staff …” (more)

[Independent, 16 September]

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Minister Bruton responds to Statement from the ASTI

Posted in Teaching on September 5th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Minister Bruton expressed disappointment at the decision of the ASTI to ballot its members on industrial action. The Minister reiterated his genuine belief that continuing dialogue between his Department and the ASTI would be in the best interests of schools, parents, students and teachers as is evidenced by the agreements reached with the INTO and TUI on issues of mutual concern …” (more)

[Department of Education and Skills, 3 September]

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Teacher talks explore restoration of allowances

Posted in Governance and administration on July 28th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“The restoration of allowances for new teachers is being explored in talks between trade unions and Government officials as a way of tackling pay inequality in the teaching profession. These qualification allowances – worth up to €6,000 – were abolished for new entrants in 2012 as part of a series of measures aimed at cutting the public sector pay bill …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien and Martin Wall, Irish Times, 28 July]

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Minister planning new pay talks with teachers

Posted in Governance and administration on July 6th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Public Expenditure Minister Paschal Donohoe is planning talks with teachers’ unions who have signed up to the Lansdowne Road Agreement. Minister Donohoe told the Dáil today that these talks with the INTO and TUI will centre on issues such as the pay of new entrants …” (more)

[BreakingNews.ie, 6 July]

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Hundred of teachers march over pay inequality

Posted in Governance and administration on June 22nd, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Hundreds of young teachers have marched on Leinster House to highlight pay inequality in the profession. Organisers described the gathering as a ‘grassroots protest’ sparked by anger among newly qualified professionals over the two-tier pay gap for public sector teachers …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 21 June]

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Less drama at teacher conferences – but behind the scenes a crisis looms

Posted in Governance and administration on April 2nd, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Teacher conferences were short on the usual histrionics this year. The absence of a minister removed an important actor from the stage and with it, the loss of a dynamic that gives rise to the displays of amateur dramatics that we have come to associate with these events …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 2 April]

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