Monday 16 January 2017

Teachers Union asking members to back Landsdowne Road deal

Published 10/05/2016 | 16:53

The Teachers’ Union of Ireland (TUI) is now asking members to back the Lansdowne Road public service pay restoration and productivity deal. Stock image
The Teachers’ Union of Ireland (TUI) is now asking members to back the Lansdowne Road public service pay restoration and productivity deal. Stock image

The Teachers’ Union of Ireland (TUI) is now asking members to back the Lansdowne Road public service pay restoration and productivity deal.

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The union, which represents teachers and lecturers, had previously rejected the agreement, following which it engaged in talks with the Department of Education.

But a recent deal on the restoration of an allowance to new recruits to the fire service has played a key role in the change of heart on the part of the TUI.

The union has been assured by the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform (DEPR)  that the fire service agreement set a precedent for newly-qualified teachers to have allowances lost during the austerity era restored.

The withdrawal of qualifications allowances previously  paid to teachers meant annual losses to salary of up to more than €6,000.

The loss of these allowances was the single biggest contributor to lower pay among young teachers

It is too early to say when and in what context the allowances will be  restored but the commitment represents a major breakthrough in the campaign against two-tier pay rates in teaching.

The deal between  the department and the TUI also covers issues such as lecturing workload in institutes of technology, casualisation, the usage of the 33 ‘Croke Park’ hours at post-primary and issues in the further education.

The TUI ballot will take place later this month.

Meanwhile, the other second-level teachers’ union, the Association of Secondary Teachers’ Ireland (ASTI) is planning to harden  its line against the Lansdowne Road Agreement  with a ballot seeking members agreement to withdraw  from working the 33 Croke Park hours, which will  leave members facing ongoing pay cuts and at risk of losing their job.

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