Based on discussion with the Department of Education and Skills (DES) and in accordance with the verbal assurance provided by Mr Kevin Foley (then Director of Conciliation at the Labour Relations Commission), the TUI’s clear understanding is that there is nothing in Sections 3.2 or 4 of the Lansdowne Road Agreement (LRA) that prevents the union taking action in regard to matters of key concern to members. In that context the union is aware that it is the expectation of the DES that the union would, in accordance with standard practice, utilise normal IR machinery/agreed procedures in advance of taking such action.
Following a ballot of members, Joanne Irwin (Co. Donegal Branch) has been elected as President of the Teachers' Union of Ireland (effective from 1st July 2016).
Voting YES for the proposed DES/TUI agreement – which involves being covered by the LRA - will allow the TUI to prosecute to successful conclusion our campaign for pay parity. The Programme for Government is clear in indicating that the matter can be addressed only within a collective agreement, using the soon to be established Public Sector Pay Commission. The relevant collective agreement from 1st July is the LRA.
The Executive Committee of TUI recommends that members vote 'YES' to accept the proposed Department of Education and Skills/TUI agreement.
A new video message from the TUI President is set out below