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Friday 29 August 2014

Teachers union ready to rejoin pay talks

Ed Carty

Published 17/05/2013 | 14:52

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Sheila Nunan of INTO

The country's largest teachers' union will re-enter talks on a revised public sector pay deal.

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The Irish National Teachers' Organisation (INTO), which represents 32,000 people, was one of three unions invited back to the negotiating table by the Labour Relations Commission (LRC).

The other two unions - the Association of Secondary Teachers of Ireland (ASTI) and the Teachers' Union of Ireland (TUI) - are considering the invitation.

The INTO executive made the decision to re-enter talks.

General secretary Sheila Nunan said: "There was a justified sense of grievance that once again, teachers and other public sector workers were being asked to bear an unfair proportion of the country's financial adjustment."

Ms Nunan said the union would be stressing the impact of cumulative pay cuts and tax increases imposed on teachers and their families, the impact of five years of severe education cuts and the fact that teachers had fully complied with the terms of the Croke Park agreement.

Later today, the INTO will announce the result of a ballot threatening strikes if the Government forces through unilateral pay cuts.

The teachers' organisations are the three last major unions to be asked back for final talks, after the Government warned it is preparing legislation to impose 300 million euro of cuts regardless.

All three teachers' unions rejected the original Croke Park II deal, which included plans for straight pay cuts when published by the LRC in February.

These would see someone on €100,000 down €6,000, and someone earning €160,000 down to €149,100.

The original Croke Park II proposals were rejected by 70% of the INTO's members.

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