Tuesday 25 July 2017

INTO recommends its members reject proposed new public service pay deal

INTO general secretary Sheila Nunan Photo: PA News
INTO general secretary Sheila Nunan Photo: PA News

Katherine Donnelly Education Editor

The Irish National Teachers’ Organisation (INTO) is recommending that its members reject the proposed new public service pay deal.

INTO general secretary Sheila Nunan said the decision of the union executive was  based on the “failure of the proposed agreement to progress the issue of pay equality.”

The INTO, which represents 36,000 teachers, will begin its ballot next week.

It is the second of the three teacher unions to recommended rejection of the draft deal.

The Teachers Union of Ireland (TUI) is also seeking rejection because of the “wholly inadequate” proposal on two-tier pay scales.

Ms Nunan said the union had made every effort to resolve the longstanding grievance over lower pay scale for new entrants.

"Notwithstanding progress to date on pay equality. the recent pay talks were an opportunity to draw a line under pay discrimination and right a wrong imposed on new entrants since 2011.  The agreement has failed to signal an to end pay inequality imposed by government on recent entrants," she said.

Ms Nunan  also said primary principal teachers had been waiting more than 10 years for the payment of an independently awarded pay uplift to help end some of the large pay disparity between primary and post primary principals, which had not been addressed.

The Association of Secondary Teachers’ Ireland (ASTI)  has  also expressed  “major disappointment” over  the proposals in relation to addressing two tier pay scales. 

The ASTI  executive will now consider the draft agreement, but no date has yet been set for that meeting, which could be either  later this month, or August.

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