INTO rejects public pay deal by 89-11
The Irish National Teachers' Organisation (INTO) has rejected the new public service pay agreement by an overwhelming 89pc-11pc.
The union executive had sought a rejection because the deal is not bringing about an end to two-tier pay rates. Some 53pc of members voted.
Pay for new entrants is a major issue for the teaching unions because of the high level of recruitment of teachers, to cope with rising enrolments, since lower rates were introduced.
INTO is one of the first unions to ballot on the successor to the Lansdowne Road Agreement (LRA) and the outcome is a setback for hopes of bedding down the deal because INTO has tended to be an early adopter of pay agreements.
Meanwhile, the Irish Federation of University Teachers said it was recommending acceptance of the agreement.