TUI comment on Labour Court recommendation to HSE and nursing unions
Speaking today, TUI President Seamus Lahart said:
‘The Teachers’ Union of Ireland (TUI) will analyse yesterday’s Labour Court recommendation in the context of the Union’s ongoing campaign to end pay discrimination and the severe difficulties schools are experiencing in employing teachers.
Pay inequality has led to a crisis of teacher recruitment and retention in second level schools. The number applying for places on the Professional Master of Education (PME) - required to teach at second level - collapsed by over 50% between 2011 and 2018.
Meanwhile, a TUI survey of principals and deputy principals in December 2018 found that 99% of schools had experienced problems recruiting teachers over the previous twelve months, while 58% had experienced problems retaining teachers. 75% said there had been a situation where there had been no applications for an advertised teaching post in the previous twelve months.'