Teachers' union TUI recommends members vote 'no' to Lansdowne Road pay agreement
The Teachers’ Union of Ireland (TUI) will recommend that its members vote “no” the Lansdowne Road pay agreement for the public service.
The TUI represents about 14,500 teachers in second-level schools and lecturers in institutes of technology.
The decision to recommend rejection of the deal finalised last week was taken at a meeting the TUI executive. The ballot w ill be held in the autumn
TUI President Gerry Quinn said the proposals failed to allay a number of significant concerns was strongly expressed in an Executive Committee meeting that took place yesterday evening.
He said their members in institutes of technology are experiencing high levels of work related stress as a result of the additional ‘flex’ hours given for the duration of the Haddington Road Agreement.
‘The delivery of these two hours of lecturing requires a multiple of hours in terms of preparation and associated work.
“This imposition is disproportionate, unfair and unsustainable. It is completely unacceptable to lecturers that it would continue as part of the new proposals.’
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Mr Quinn said that, at second level, teachers were frustrated and disillusioned by the extra hours of bureaucracy and administration required under the Croke Park and Haddington Road Agreements.
“Again, it is completely unacceptable that they would form part of any future agreement”, he said.
The TUI is the first public service union to indicate its formal positon on the deal. The Irish National Teachers Organisation (INT)O) is considering the issue today.