Teachers warned of losses over ballot
Secondary teachers could be €31,000 worse off if they withdraw from 33 non-teaching hours, according to the Department of Education.
It warned the loss could come over a four-year period for long-serving teachers, with new teachers facing €26,000 losses in the same period.
The department listed a number of effects on teachers if they withdrew from the Croke Park hours, as it would reject the Lansdowne Road Agreement.
Teachers represented by the Association of Secondary School Teachers in Ireland (ASTI) will be balloted over the next two weeks on whether they favour a withdrawal from the hours.
The potential losses indicated by the department are based on an increment freeze up until 2018, a withdrawal of improved pay scales for new entrants and a withdrawal of supervision and substitution allowances.
After meeting late last night, the ASTI insisted it provided members with information on the implications of withdrawing from the hours.
A spokesperson said a newsletter was sent to members last week, while all 56 branches had been asked to hold information meetings to ensure they could make an informed decision.