€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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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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Government ‘working hard’ to provide young with options

Posted in Governance and administration on September 9th, 2014 by steve

“Tánaiste Joan Burton has said youth unemployment is a ‘very important issue’ and that the Government was working hard to provide young people with positive options. She was commenting after an OECD report found that …” (more)

[Joe Humphreys, Irish Times, 9 September]

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Unions less than impressed by education’s answer to Action Man

Posted in Teaching on April 23rd, 2014 by steve

“You have to give Ruairí Quinn credit for his pluckiness. Having opened up one front against the Catholic Church over school patronage, he sauntered into the minefield that is gender politics by announcing a new honours maths requirement for what he called the ‘highly feminised’ teaching profession …” (more)

[Joe Humphreys, Irish Times, 23 April]

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Forget honours maths, primary schools need changes that will really add up for pupils

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on April 23rd, 2014 by steve

“If Ruairi Quinn wants to improve educational outcomes at primary level, he needs to tackle disadvantage, not tinker around with an honours maths requirement for teachers …” (more)

[Colette Brown, Independent, 23 April]

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Ruairi Quinn: Deal to equalise payscale ‘in near future’

Posted in Governance and administration on April 23rd, 2014 by steve

“A deal on the gradual restoration of paycuts imposed on more than 2,000 young teachers in 2011 is expected in the coming weeks. Acknowledging concerns that there were three separate payscales for teachers doing the same job …” (more)

[Conall Ó Fátharta, Irish Examiner, 23 April]

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Education Minister Angers Primary Teachers By Demanding High Standards

Posted in Teaching on April 22nd, 2014 by steve

“Ruairí Quinn provoked a storm of booing and hissing at the INTO conference when he suggested that Higher Level Mathematics in the Leaving Certificate should be one of the minimum entry requirements for people wishing to become primary teachers …” (more)

[Bock The Robber, 22 April]

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Ruairi Quinn’s comments about ‘feminisation of education’ go down like lead balloon

Posted in Teaching on April 22nd, 2014 by steve

“The Education Minister Ruairi Quinn landed himself in hot water with teachers today after comments he made about the feminine nature of the profession – and why they needed to be encouraged to study ‘honours’ maths …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 22 April]

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Honours maths to become mandatory for primary teachers

Posted in Teaching on April 22nd, 2014 by steve

“Honours leaving certificate maths will become a minimum requirement for entry into teacher training, Minister for Education Ruairí Quinn said today …” (more)

[Tim O’Brien, Irish Times, 22 April]

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Ruairi Quinn: Controversial pay cuts for young teachers to be reversed

Posted in Governance and administration on April 22nd, 2014 by steve

“Pay cuts imposed on young teachers in 2011 are to be slowly restored …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 22 April]

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Class sizes to soar as Quinn aims for €100m in cutbacks

Posted in Governance and administration on August 30th, 2013 by steve

“Children are returning to the biggest primary school classes in more than a decade – and it could get even worse after the Budget, Education Minister Ruairi Quinn has warned …” (more)

[Michael Brennan and Ralph Riegel, Independent, 30 August]

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Education campaigners concerned about possible cuts

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Teaching on August 19th, 2013 by steve

“Significant cuts to education in the budget would make it almost impossible for teachers to deliver the school curriculum, Sheila Nunan, general secretary of the Irish National Teachers’ Organisation, said yesterday …” (more)

[Kitty Holland, Irish Times, 19 August]

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INTO expects restoration of teachers’ pay rates

Posted in Governance and administration on June 19th, 2013 by steve

“The general secretary of the country’s largest teaching union has said the proposed restoration of allowances and original salary levels by 2018 was important in terms of the union accepting the Haddington Road proposals …” (more)

[RTÉ News, 18 June]

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INTO vote to accept deal in dramatic ballot U-turn

Posted in Governance and administration on June 18th, 2013 by steve

“Primary teachers have voted almost two to one in favour of the Haddington Road pay and productivity proposals. The 63% support given to the new deal by the Irish National Teachers’ Organisation (INTO) is a dramatic reversal of their 91% rejection of the earlier Croke Park II deal …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly and Luke Byrne, Independent, 18 June]

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Primary teachers vote to accept Haddington Road proposals

Posted in Governance and administration on June 17th, 2013 by steve

“INTO, the Irish National Teachers’ Organisation, said a ballot of its members showed 63% are in favour and 37% are against the proposals …” (more)

[TheJournal.ie, 17 June]

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Teachers ‘know pay negotiations will end up in compromise’

Posted in Governance and administration on May 18th, 2013 by steve

“Teachers’ unions know that negotiations on a new public service pay deal will end up in compromise, the general secretary of a teachers’ union said today …” (more)

[TheJournal.ie, 18 May]

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Primary teachers call for number of training places to be cut

Posted in Governance and administration on April 6th, 2013 by steve

“The number of training places for primary teachers should be reduced because Government cuts mean there are not enough jobs in schools, the head of their union has claimed …” (more)

[Niall Murray, Irish Examiner, 6 April]

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Teachers slam ‘out of touch’ Quinn

Posted in Governance and administration on April 2nd, 2013 by steve

“Education Minister Ruairi Quinn has been accused of being out of touch as he was heckled and faced a red card protest at a teachers’ conference …” (more)

[Independent, 2 April]

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Teacher Union General Secretaries Preview 2013 Conferences

Posted in Governance and administration on March 31st, 2013 by steve

“Presented and produced by Seán Delaney. On this week’s programme I speak to the general secretaries of the three teaching unions to preview their respective conferences which take place this week …” (more, mp3)

[Inside Education on 103.2 Dublin City FM, 31 March]

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Teachers being educated to work abroad – INTO’s Sheila Nunan

Posted in Governance and administration on October 25th, 2012 by steve

“Let’s return to our main news this evening, which is that demonstration that’s been taking place at Leinster House by members of the country’s teaching unions. We are joined by Sheila Nunan, who is general secretary of the Irish National Teacher’s Organisation …” (video)

[RTÉ Six One News, 24 October]

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