Tuesday 20 March 2018

Teachers want pay rises 'with no strings' attached - TUI

John MacGabhann, TUI
John MacGabhann, TUI
Katherine Donnelly

Katherine Donnelly

Teachers want pay rises “with no strings” attached, a union leader said today

With talks about to get under way on the first pay increases for public servants since the before the crash,  the Teachers Union of Ireland (TUI) say “any increase in income should come without productivity conditions”.

TUI general secretary John MacGabhann told his union’s annual conference that this was their “clear position” ahead of the talks between the Irish Congress of Trades Unions (Ictu) and Government officials. 

The TUI represents more than 10,000 teachers in community and comprehensive schools , community colleges and colleges of further education, and more than 4,0000 lectures in institutes.

Referring to recent moves on the pay front,  Mr MacGabhann said that it appeared they were heading forwards “some modest increases in income for public servants”.

But he added: “You can be sure that, in advance of whatever eventuality emerges, we will be hectored an warned, advised that we must not expect too much.

The TUI general secretary drew parallels between efforts to dampen down the expectations of public servants, while also hearing  “the sound of high spirits and levity as prodigal bankers and speculators  are once more admitted to polite society, soft forgiveness having come their way.

“We will be told that they now deserve our generosity, our understanding of their slight foibles”.

But he said no such generosity or understanding would be directed towards those, including many teachers, whom “the inequality in society, the ravages of recession and the obscenity of poverty have pulverised”

Mr MacGabhann also said that the unions would necessarily not be bound by the outcome of any aggregate of ballot results of public service unions  arising from the talks.

He warned that they would not allow their conditions of service to be determined by a majority “yes” vote that might emerge through combining the results of all public service union ballots.

“The best way, by far, of avoiding such an eventuality is for the public service unions to ensure that conditions of service are not in play” he said.

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