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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INTO president demands ‘pay equalisation’ for new teachers

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

Ireland“The Irish National Teachers’ Organisation (INTO) wants the next minister for education to make pay equalisation for new teachers a top priority. The matter will be discussed at the INTO conference which commences in Wexford on Monday …” (more)

[Vivienne Clarke, Irish Times, 28 March]

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Teachers to renew pay hike demand

Posted in Governance and administration on March 27th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“A month after the General Election and with no end in sight in the battle to form the next government, the country is facing industrial relations action by thousands of State and semi-state workers …” (more)

[Ronald Quinlan, Independent, 27 March]

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Jan O’Sullivan will not attend teachers’ conferences

Posted in Governance and administration on March 13th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“The outgoing Minister for Education Jan O’Sullivan will not attend this year’s teachers’ conferences. A spokesman for the Labour Party Minister said: ‘The teachers’ union conferences allow the minister of the day the opportunity to set out future policy direction for the coming 12 months and beyond …'” (more)

[Aine McMahon, Irish Times, 12 March]

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Majority of union and lobby group bosses refuse to disclose salaries

Posted in Governance and administration on November 24th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“… All of the main teaching organisations were happy to disclose either salaries or pay scales. TUI general secretary John MacGabhann earns between €127,796 and €146,191; INTO general secretary Sheila Nunan is paid between €119,381 and €136,276; while ASTI general secretary Pat King is on a salary of €134,000. Irish Federation of University Teachers general secretary Mike Jennings is on a salary of between €78,321 and €103,261. In stark contrast …” (more)

[Shane Phelan and others, Independent, 24 November]

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University teachers’ union likely to urge rejection of pay deal

Posted in Governance and administration on July 12th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“The trade union representing university teachers is expected to urge its members to reject the proposed new Lansdowne Road pay agreement in a forthcoming ballot. The executive committee of the Irish Federation of University Teachers (Ifut) will meet to decide on a recommendation for members on the deal at the end of July …” (more)

[Martin Wall, Irish Times, 12 July]

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Primary teachers vote to accept Lansdowne Road pay deal

Posted in Governance and administration on July 2nd, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Primary school teachers have voted to accept the Lansdowne Road Agreement on restoring public sector pay by a margin of nearly two to one. The result of the ballot of 34,000 Irish National Teachers’ Organisation (INTO) members, announced on Thursday afternoon, was 64.7% in favour and 35.3% against …” (more)

[Joe Humphreys, Irish Times, 2 July]

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Two ​more unions urge No vote for pay deal

Posted in Governance and administration on June 24th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“There are growing fears that the union representing mostly lower-paid civil servants will reject the public sector pay deal. It is understood that members of the Civil and Public Services Union (CPSU) are becoming increasingly vocal about their disappointment over the terms of working hours and money that were signed off on in the recent Lansdowne Road agreement …” (more)

[Emma Jane Hade and Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 24 June]

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ASTI leadership recommends ‘no’ vote in Lansdowne Road agreement

Posted in Governance and administration on June 23rd, 2015 by steve

Ireland“The leadership of a second teachers’ union is seeking rejection of the Lansdowne Road pay agreement. The powerful, 23-member Standing Committee of the Association of Secondary Teachers’ Ireland (ASTI) is recommending a ‘no’ vote in a ballot of members, expected to take place in the autumn …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 23 June]

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Siptu to urge members to back new public service pay agreement

Posted in Governance and administration on June 6th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“The country’s largest trade union, Siptu, is to urge its members to support the proposed new public service pay deal. The union said its national executive council had concluded the proposed deal represented ‘reasonable progress towards the objective of recovering pay lost following the economic collapse of 2008’ …” (more)

[Martin Wall, Irish Times, 5 June]

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Split in teacher unions over Lansdowne Road pay deal

Posted in Governance and administration on June 4th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“One teachers’ union is recommending rejection of the Lansdowne Road Agreement on pay in the public service, while another will ask members to vote Yes …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 4 June]

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Irish teachers want their full pay back

Posted in Governance and administration on April 14th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Irish Teacher Unions call for the abolition of the additional 33 hours per year they have to work as well as the abolition of the public service pension levy put in place in 2009 …” (more)

[European Trade Union Committee for Education, 14 April]

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How did Jan O’Sullivan do at the teachers conferences?

Posted in Governance and administration on April 11th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Ministers are used to being booed and heckled at teacher conferences but not Minister for Education Jan O’Sullivan. A warm reception from the INTO in her home county of Clare was followed by high praise from the TUI in Wexford …” (more)

[Joe Humphreys, Irish Times, 11 April]

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Will public service groups listen to calls for realism in pay talks

Posted in Governance and administration on April 8th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“The comments by Minister for Education Jan O’Sullivan that teachers should be ‘realistic’ about what can emerge from the forthcoming pay restoration talks with the Government is simply a restatement of official policy. However, it remains to be seen whether teachers or other public service groups are prepared to listen …” (more)

[Martin Wall, Irish Times, 8 April]

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