Saturday 24 February 2018

Teachers' union ASTI rejects public service pay deal

ASTI has rejected the latest public service pay deal (stock photo)
ASTI has rejected the latest public service pay deal (stock photo)
Katherine Donnelly

Katherine Donnelly

THE ASTI has rejected the latest public service pay deal.

Members of the secondary teachers union  voted 51.5pc-48.5 pc  against  the Public Services Stability Agreement (PSSA).  The turnout was 64pc.

It means that all teacher unions have rejected  the agreement.

However, they will benefit from all aspects of the deal, including a pay boost worth over 7pc  through pay rises and the easing of the pension levy, as long as they don’t take industrial action, and there is no immediate threat of that. 

The main bone of contention  among the teacher unions is  the PSSA’s failure to end two-tier pay scales.

Talks have opened between public sector unions and Government  officials  on the issue of new entrants’ pay. 

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