Wednesday 23 May 2018

Teachers protest outside Dáil for pay equality

Pay fight: Orla Quinlan, of Kilkenny, at a teachers' protest outside the Dail in 2016 Photo: Arthur Carron
Pay fight: Orla Quinlan, of Kilkenny, at a teachers' protest outside the Dail in 2016 Photo: Arthur Carron
Katherine Donnelly

Katherine Donnelly

Teachers protested outside the Dáil today as part of their ongoing campaign for pay equality.

At least 15,000 teachers recruited since 2011 are on lower pay scales as a result of austerity era salary cuts.

Today's protest was timed to influence the findings of a report to Government on pay equality, due within weeks.

Pay restoration measures have seen about 75pc of the original cuts returned to pay packets.

But teachers recruited in recent years still face losses of €50,000-€100,000 over a career when compared with pre-2011 colleagues.

The protest was coordinated by the three teacher unions; INTO, ASTI and TUI.

INTO president John Boyle said the incoming report must be a clear first step on the road back to pay equality. He said there was no such thing as 75pc equality and young teachers were now having difficulty in getting mortgages.

ASTI president Ger Curtin said "we are not going away, we are going to fight this." He said the two tier pay scales were causing a brain drain.

TUI president Joanne Irwin said they were unimpressed with "sticking plaster solutions".

She said they were not seeking an overnight solution, but wanted a. commitment  to full restoration by 2021, which Education Minister Richard Bruton had not offered.

Fianna Fáil education spokesperson Thomas Byrne said they were committed to pay equality.

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