Monday 24 October 2016

Strike is 'about solidarity with younger teachers'

Published 17/10/2016 | 02:30

Breda Lynch. Photo: Fergal Phillips
Breda Lynch. Photo: Fergal Phillips

For 33-year teaching veteran Breda Lynch, the strike is about intergenerational solidarity.

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Ms Lynch, a teacher in Muckross Park College, In Donnybrook, Dublin 4, said it was fundamentally unfair that teachers who joined the profession after 2011 were on a lower pay scale.

A member of the Association of Secondary Teachers of Ireland (ASTI), Ms Lynch told the Irish Independent the deal proposed by the Department of Education just "cemented" the inequality.

"The minister said that it was worth €135,000 over a career, but what he didn't say was they'd still be €260,000 less well off," she said.

"The strike is about the fact that they are on a different pay scale. It's a great injustice," she said. "Teachers are willing to go out and stand outside the gate because inequality is inequality.

"I have nothing to gain by going on strike. This is a really strong show of intergenerational collegiate solidarity," she said.

Ms Lynch wanted to stress that the payscale issue was the only reason for the strike.

Separate to this was the issue of payment for supervision and substitution cover.

"I think it's important to make a distinction between the two issues," she said.

Ms Lynch said that between 2002 and 2013 teachers received an allowance of €1,759 a year for these duties.

Irish Independent

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