Friday 9 December 2016

Striking teachers hit out at government as stalemate continues

Alan O'Keefe

Published 08/11/2016 | 11:44

Mr Bruton said he was 'very disappointed' that ASTI has decided to proceed with its action. Photo: Tom Burke
Mr Bruton said he was 'very disappointed' that ASTI has decided to proceed with its action. Photo: Tom Burke

Striking secondary teachers expressed anger today on picket lines outside secondary schools.

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At the rain-lashed entrance of O'Connell School in Richmond Street North  today, placard-carrying Ed Webster from Lucan said the Government had failed to keep its agreements with teachers.

He said teachers were promised payments under the Haddington Road Agreement which the Government failed to deliver in September.

"If the Government won't stick to their agreements with their employees,  what does that tell other employers about the way they can treat their own employees," said Mr Webster (40).

"It's also unacceptable that the highest paid members of the civil service, such as principal officers, are the first to get pay restoration," he said.

The history teacher said he was on strike today be because he cared about fairness and the treatment of younger teachers being given lower pay.

"I stand to gain nothing from standing outside these school gates today but I am standing in solidarity with lower paid colleagues who are doing the same job as me," he said.

"I'm suffering a loss of earnings by doing this," he said.

"Also, the Minister for Education Richard Bruton should not be allowed to skip over questions when he is asked if he supports equal pay for equal work. He is not being questioned closely enough on this issue," he said.

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