Wednesday 13 December 2017

TUI recommends rejection of proposed public service pay deal

Pay inequality: TUI president Joanne Irwin Picture: Daragh McSweeney/Provision
Pay inequality: TUI president Joanne Irwin Picture: Daragh McSweeney/Provision
Katherine Donnelly

Katherine Donnelly

The Teachers’ Union of Ireland (TUI) is recommending rejection of the proposed new public service pay deal.

TUI president Joanne Irwin said that it would be unconscionable for the union to recommend acceptance of an agreement that “effectively copper-fastened a system of pay inequality for its duration”

She said the draft agreement’s provision that new entrant pay be examined over a twelve month period in 2018, with application of any outcome no sooner than 2021, was “wholly inadequate.’

The TUI’s over 17,000 members will be balloted on the draft agreement in September.

The Association of Secondary Teachers’ Ireland (ASTI) also expressed “major disappointment” over the proposals in relation to addressing two tier pay scales.

The executive of the Irish National Teachers’ Organisation (INTO) is meeting today, following which its recommendation to members is expected.

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