Thursday 30 October 2014

Young teachers protected from worst of the cuts

Published 26/02/2013 | 04:00

Younger teachers have been protected from the worst of the cuts in the education sector.

The deal has gone some way to tackle two-tier pay scales and restore losses suffered by those who entered the profession after September 2011 on lower salaries.

While all teachers will lose their supervision and substitution payments, post-September 2011 entrants will go up a point on the pay scale, roughly equivalent to the €1,500 they are losing on supervision and substitution.

The final payment for supervision and substitution will be made in July, following which all teachers – including the 10pc at primary level and 40pc at second-level who currently opt out of this work – will be required to do it and for no extra money.

As well as not getting paid for the supervision and substitution duties, all teachers also have to make themselves available for this work for 49 hours a year, compared with the current 37.

With an average salary of €56,000, many teachers will avoid the pay cut that kicks in from €65,000, but teachers will be affected by the slowdown in increments, although the impact will be less for those on lower pay.

In a positive step, there is provision for a panel system for fixed-term teachers at second level, which will give a degree of career certainty and job security. Such teachers will be prioritised for appointment to permanent positions when they become available. A similar system already operates well at primary level.

Ballot

Special needs assistants (SNAs) are also being offered a redeployment panel, which would give them more job security. There is no specific change to working hours for SNAs, who saw their working time liability increased by two hours a week under the original Croke Park Agreement.

Academic staff in universities and institutes of technology will have to work an additional 78 hours a year.

The executives of all three teacher unions, the INTO, the ASTI and TUI , as well as IFUT, which represents university lecturers, will meet separately tomorrow to decide their position ahead of putting the proposals out to ballot.

Irish Independent

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