Ireland - Teachers’ unions have many grievances - March 31, 2016

Many teachers feel their profession has been under assault for too long and are determined to go to war on a number of fronts. Industrial action is looming on fronts ranging from lower pay scales for new teachers and extra working hours to junior cycle reform. The main backdrop to the potential industrial conflict in schools is that two teaching trade unions, the ASTI and the TUI, rejected the Lansdowne Road agreement on public service pay. The unions say that new entrant teachers will lose about €300,000 over their careers as a result of lower pay levels put in place by the government. The next few weeks will be critical if potentially serious industrial action by teachers and the closure of schools next autumn is to be avoided. Talks between the Department of Education and teacher representatives are expected to take place, but the time available of a securing a deal is short.

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