Monday 18 December 2017

Letters: Teachers in dark

Sir -- Colm O'Rourke seems to be a bit confused (High Time for Unions to face up to reality, April 18). On the one hand, he says teachers and other public sector unions should face reality and agree to the Croke Park deal but on the other he states: "I understand teachers' concerns in one area. Throwing in a new teachers' contract in these negotiations is asking people to buy a pig in a poke. That should be spelled out in advance."

He has hit the nail on the head -- why should teachers, by voting Yes, in effect be signing a blank contract?

The silence from the Department of Education and the teaching union heads who negotiated this part of the deal is deafening. Despite attending the ASTI conference and hearing what our minister said at the TUI conference, I am none the wiser. I agree with Colm that many teachers would agree to efficiencies, but only if they had some idea of what they should be.

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