Saturday 18 November 2017

Pay gap of up to €1.8k a year will open in January between ASTI and non-ASTI young teachers

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Katherine Donnelly

Katherine Donnelly

A pay gap of up to €1,800 a year will open up in January between recently qualified teachers who are in different unions.

The Department of Education has published the two different pay scales that will apply in the New Year to teachers who have been appointed since February 2012.

The first point on the new  scale will be  €32,806, compared with the existing rate of €31,009. Further increase are due in September 2017 and January 2018.

Thousands of young teachers are set to benefit.

The higher rates will be paid to teachers who are in the Irish National Teachers Organisation (INTO) and the Teachers’ Union of Ireland (TUI). Both these unions accepted the Lansdowne Road Agreement (LRA) on post financial crisis pay restoration and a top-up deal on new entrants’ pay.

Members of the Association of Secondary Teachers’ Ireland (ASTI), which has not accepted the LRA, will continue on existing rates .

The pay differential continues, to varying degrees, all the way up, with the new scale rising to €62,905 over 27 years and the existing scale capped at €59,940 after 25 years.

The ASTI is alone in rejecting the LRA, and its central executive committee also recently recommended that members vote “no”  to updated pay proposals, in a ballot that will take place in January.

Action by the ASTI in pursuit of a better pay deal  closed hundreds of schools for up to three days in October and November, and the ballot recommendation means further uncertainty and disruption looms for 2017.

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