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School for scandal where lecturers protest too much

Academics are living in ivory towers when it comes to pay and conditions, writes Eamon Delaney

Published 20/03/2011 | 05:00

MOST public sector workers welcomed the Croke Park Agreement, which ring fenced them against any job cuts or any further pay cuts until 2014.

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They may have huffed and puffed and took elaborate and very public consultations as to whether they'd really accept this cave-in by the last Government, but the reality, of course, was that they were whispering among themselves, "this is all too good to be true, we keep our job security and the boom-sized public sector will stay just the way it was. Let's go for it, but grudgingly. Don't look a gift horse in the mouth, and all that."

But one group wasn't so sanguine, and this was the academics and third-level lecturers. Actually, make that two groups since the school teachers have also been holding out: their teaching cousins, so to speak. "Those who can't, teach," it is said, but they can make an impressive stand for their rights, perks, privileges.

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