Teacher unions split on impact of new deal on two-tier pay scales

Posted in Governance and administration on December 31st, 2020 by steve

Ireland“The Irish National Teachers Organisation (INTO) have welcomed the proposals for ‘the closing of the pay inequality chapter’. But there has been a muted response from the two second-level teachers’ unions, the ASTI and the TUI, who see two key areas of unfinished business …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 31 December]

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Teachers’ Union of Ireland opposes new public service pay deal

Posted in Governance and administration on December 16th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“The Teachers’ Union of Ireland (TUI) is to oppose the proposed new public service pay agreement. The TUI leadership said ‘the limited measures contained in the proposed agreement will not end the ongoing scandal of pay discrimination for second level teachers employed on or after 1st January 2011’ …” (more)

[Martin Wall, Irish Times, 15 December]

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Education unions call for third level forum

Posted in Governance and administration on May 27th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Trade unions representing staff at all levels of the education system have called for the creation of a new sectoral forum to help address the crisis affecting the third level sector. The Irish Congress of Trade Unions Education Sector Group says emergency funding will be needed to address the immediate impact of the Covid-19 crisis on universities and other higher education institutions, which have experienced significant funding deficits as a result …” (more)

[Fórsa, 25 May]

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Teachers’ union to ballot for industrial action over two-tier pay

Posted in Governance and administration on August 28th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“A teachers’ union is to ballot members next month to renew its mandate for industrial action as tensions rise over controversial two-tier pay scales. The Teachers’ Union of Ireland (TUI) has announced it will ballot its 18,000 members for a mandate for industrial action, up to and including strike action, as part of its campaign to end pay discrimination …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 28 August]

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Teachers now prepare to do battle for equal pensions and pay hike

Posted in Governance and administration on April 24th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Teachers will now battle for equal pensions for recent recruits after securing a Government commitment to address two-tier pay. They are also lining up their demands for a pay rise now their nine-year battle to achieve full wage equality appears to be moving into its final phase …” (more)

[Anne-Marie Walsh, Katherine Donnelly and Ralph Riegel, Independent, 24 April]

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Teachers threaten industrial action if Government fails to end two-tier pay

Posted in Governance and administration on April 22nd, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Teachers’ unions are threatening industrial action if the Government does not make a firm commitment over the coming days to restore pay equality for thousands of their members hired since 2011. The warning comes as teachers’ annual conferences get under way this week with pay rates for so-called ‘new entrants’ set to dominate the agenda …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 22 April]

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European Court of Justice rules two-tier pay scales for Irish teachers not discriminatory on age grounds

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on February 15th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The European Court of Justice (ECJ) has ruled that two-tier pay scales for teachers in Ireland are not discriminatory on age grounds. The case was taken by the primary teachers’ union, the INTO, on behalf of two members, Tomás Horgan and Claire Keegan, who were employed after January 2011, when lower pay scales were introduced …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 14 February]

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ASTI signals intention to hold industrial action ballot over two-tier pay scales

Posted in Governance and administration on January 26th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The secondary teachers’ union, ASTI has signalled its intention to conduct a ballot for industrial action in its campaign for the abolition of two-tier pay scales, but there are no immediate plans for one …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 26 January]

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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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