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Saturday 27 May 2017

Teachers receiving 'positive support' from public as they go on strike

Dominican College staff picketing on Griffith avenue this morning. Photo: Mark Condren
Dominican College staff picketing on Griffith avenue this morning. Photo: Mark Condren

Ryan Nugent

Teachers were picketing in force from 8am in the Capital this morning insisting they've received "only positive support" from the public in their strike over pay.

Staff at the Dominican College on Griffith Avenue are staggering their pickets to ensure they have a presence all day.

Dominican College staff picketing on Griffith avenue this morning. Photo: Mark Condren
Dominican College staff picketing on Griffith avenue this morning. Photo: Mark Condren

Some seven members were staff were there this morning, with English and history teacher, Maureen Herdman and Sean McDermott, a Maths and Business teacher insisting they are losing money during these strike days, but are doing it to support their lower paid colleagues.

"Some members of staff are not on the same pay scale as us and that just seems clearly unfair," Ms Herdman said.

Dominican College staff picketing on Griffith avenue this morning. Photo: Mark Condren
Dominican College staff picketing on Griffith avenue this morning. Photo: Mark Condren

"A lot of them have temporary contracts, so they don't have security and they might be on half hours or maybe even quarter hours," she added.

"I'm one of the so-called better paid teachers so this has no impact on me, but I think it's morally wrong to allow this to happen," Mr McDermott said.

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