Friday 20 September 2019

Teacher unions tell members to reject new deal

UNIONS representing second-level teachers and third-level lecturers are telling members to reject Croke Park II.

Executives of the Teachers Union of Ireland (TUI) and the Irish Federation of University Teachers (IFUT) decided unanimously yesterday to seek a "no" vote in forthcoming ballots.

John MacGabhann, general secretary of TUI, which represents second-level teachers and lecturers in institutes of technology, said last night that there were a number of reasons for the executive's decision.

He said the Croke Park II pay terms were unpalatable, the proposals contained a number of ambiguities , while problems relating to casualisation at both second and third-level had not been addressed.

Mr MacGabhann said they planned to have their ballot concluded ahead of the TUI annual conference in the first week of April.

Meanwhile, the Association of Secondary Teachers Ireland (ASTI) and the Irish National Teachers Organisation (INTO) have deferred decisions on what recommendation to put to members.

Both unions are seeking clarification in relation to aspects of the proposals before putting them to ballot.

The ASTI standing committee will take a decision on its recommendation to members at a meeting next week.

The union said that all second-level teachers had already suffered cuts of about 14pc, while new teachers have been subjected to an inferior pay scale.

"As part of the Croke Park deal teachers are delivering extra hours, additional supervision and substitution, and hundreds of second-level teachers have been redeployed.

"This has happened at a time when schools are being stripped of vital funding and staffing resources", the ASTI said.

Following a nine-hour meeting , the INTO decided to reconvene on Friday evening having sought clarifications with department officials.

Irish Independent

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