Saturday 21 January 2017

What a mess -- it's no wonder Barroso lost it

Our teachers have joined their union leaders in the struggle against having to contribute to our recovery, writes Emer O'Kelly

Published 23/01/2011 | 05:00

In April 2002 the secondary teachers, through their union representatives, were threatening to stop the education system in its tracks if the benchmarking process -- then in progress -- did not deliver them a pay increase of 30 per cent.

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I wrote about it, calling them avaricious, incompetent, lazy money-grubbers, given their then working week of 22 hours, and the fact that they were throwing one-in-five citizens of this country on to the scrap heap as they left school unable to read and write.

Later that year, after the benchmarking process had been completed, a pay increase of 21 per cent was delivered, on top of the normal national pay rises which ran at an average 10 per cent annually through the boom years.

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