The Executive Committee of the Teachers’ Union of Ireland (TUI) has expressed its frustration and serious concern at the pace of progress in resolving the issue of pay equality for public servants recruited since 2011.
The Union already has a mandate for a campaign of industrial action, up to and including strike action, on this issue.
To further highlight the unacceptability and continuing injustice of pay discrimination, and following a decision taken at TUI’s Annual Congress, a national lunchtime protest will take place outside schools, centres and colleges in which TUI represents members on Thursday, 24th May. Service to students will not be affected by this protest.
TUI representatives and representatives of the other public sector unions have engaged in initial talks with officials from government departments, led by the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform (DPER). However, the pace of progress on this critical issue remains a source of concern and frustration.
Each day, those teachers and lecturers recruited since 2011 continue to be paid at a lower rate than colleagues carrying out the same work. This injustice must end as a matter of urgency. In a variety of fora, the TUI has made clear that full pay equality involves addressing the issues relating to the effective length of scale and, for teachers, also involves reinstatement of the HDip/PME allowance (the qualification required for registration as a post-primary teacher).