World Teachers' Day 2019 - global commemoration of the day will take place on Monday, 7th October

By piofficer 25 Sep 2019 | 0 comments
World Teachers’ Day (WTD), held annually on 5 October, is an important event for the entire educational community. It is an opportunity to celebrate the teaching profession and to promote the ILO/UNESCO Recommendation concerning the Status of Teachers (1966) and the UNESCO Recommendation concerning the Status of Higher Education Teaching Personnel (1997). These instruments define international standards for the teaching profession.   Theme The theme for this year’s World Teachers’ Day is: “Young Teachers: The Future of the Profession.”  This year’s theme gives us an opportunity to value and celebrate young and beginning teachers, and indeed all educators at all levels of education. TUI members nationally should use this event to highlight the Union’s campaign for pay equality for those who entered the profession since January 2011.    When to celebrate? Since 5th October falls on a Saturday this year, the global commemoration of the Day will take place on Monday, 7th October, 2019. How to celebrate? To celebrate the teaching profession and as an acknowledgement of its importance – and yours - in promoting and sustaining values of justice and inclusion, the members of TUI in schools, colleges, institutes and centres are encouraged to mark the day by displaying this poster prominently in the workplace. The celebration might also include the purchase of cakes/confectionery/fruit for members. The cost of purchase can be recouped from the local Branch by submitting receipts directly to the TUI Branch Treasurer. Further information Information regarding World Teachers’ Day and associated resources are available  at

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International Climate Strikes - information for members

By piofficer 13 Sep 2019 | 0 comments
As you are aware, the Teachers’ Union of Ireland is continuing its public support for the efforts of our student leaders in relation to the International Climate Strikes. As you are also aware, TUI Annual Congress 2019 reiterated the Union’s support through the passing of Emergency Motion No. 1:

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TUI to ballot members for industrial action mandate in pay discrimination campaign

By piofficer 28 Aug 2019 | 0 comments
The Teachers’ Union of Ireland (TUI) will ballot its 18,000 members next month to renew a mandate for industrial action, up to and including strike action, as part of its campaign to end pay discrimination. The ballot will run from mid-September to early October. Speaking today, TUI President Seamus Lahart said: ‘In September 2017, TUI members gave their Union a mandate for industrial action, up to and including strike action, as part of the campaign for pay equality. That mandate is now being refreshed. Progress has been made in the campaign to end pay discrimination, but a gap remains. The process must now be completed and this injustice conclusively addressed. The biggest differences in pay between those employed before and after 1st January 2011 still occur in the early years of employment, with new entrants to second level teaching earning 14% less on initial appointment and 10% less in the first 10 years than they would have before the introduction of cutbacks. This two-tier pay regime is a cynical, damaging, discrimination, resulting in situations where colleagues are paid at different rates for carrying out the same work. It must also be borne in mind that many new entrants to teaching do not secure a contract of full hours upon initial appointment, many earning just a fraction of the whole-time salary. In addition, they are commencing their career at an average age of 26.   We are not looking for preferential treatment for these teachers – we are simply looking for all teachers to be treated equally. Needless to say, they are fully supported by longer-serving colleagues in this campaign for justice and equity, which remains TUI’s key priority. Along with significant financial losses suffered by the individual, a crisis in teacher supply is directly attributable to this Government’s policy of discriminating against new entrants. A survey of principals in a sixth of the country’s second level schools carried out by TUI in April found that over the previous six months, 94% of schools experienced teacher recruitment difficulties, 68% of schools advertised positions to which no teacher applied, while 47% of schools had unfilled teaching vacancies. With the new academic year commencing around the country, there is already strong anecdotal evidence that these difficulties are worsening. Those affected by this injustice are rightly frustrated at the slow pace of progress. For the sake of teachers and students, equal pay for equal work be restored as a matter of urgency.’ What remains to be achieved?

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1.75% increase in salaries from 1st September 2019 - Circular letters issue

By piofficer 15 Aug 2019 | 0 comments
Circular Letter 41/2019 (Click here to download) sets out the 1.75% increase to teacher salaries effective from 1st September 2019. This increase forms part of the Public Service Stability Agreement (PSSA), which TUI members are deemed to be ‘covered’ by.  A further 2% increase under is due under the PSSA on 1st October 2020. Circular Letter 49/2019 (Click here to download) sets out the 1.75% increase for all other grades employed by ETBs

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