The Executive Committee of the Teachers’ Union of Ireland (TUI) today confirmed its previously stated position that its members will be balloted in September on either an improved pay deal or on a co-ordinated campaign of industrial action with the other public sector unions should such a deal not be forthcoming.
The Union, which represents 20,500 members, has urged Government to return to the Workplace Relations Commission (WRC) with an improved proposal that appropriately addresses the current cost-of-living crisis that is having such a significant negative effect on the lives of Irish workers and their families.
The Union has also highlighted that the current situation is even worse for those appointed after 2011 who are affected by pay discrimination.
Speaking today, TUI President Liz Farrell said:
“All over the country, public sector workers are struggling to meet financial commitments and the situation is continuously worsening. Inflation has spiralled in the months since the review clause of the current public service pay deal was triggered, so any proposed pay increases must appropriately address the resulting severe cost-of-living crisis that is having such a detrimental effect on society. What has been offered to date by Government is simply inadequate and their failure to further engage has been extremely frustrating. An improved offer is essential to avoid the inevitability of industrial unrest.”
Pay discrimination exacerbating cost-of-living crisis for many
“Separately, for those teachers appointed since 2011, this cost-of-living crisis has been exacerbated by the pay discrimination that has seen them paid at a lower rate than their colleagues for carrying out the same work. Pay discrimination has also greatly contributed to a teacher recruitment and retention crisis in schools. Even after commencing employment, most second level teachers struggle financially for several years on contracts of low hours.
A survey of our membership earlier this year showed that 65% of teachers appointed after 2011 did not get a contract of full hours upon initial appointment, which means that for several years, they only earn a fraction of a full salary.
Teachers must be provided with secure jobs of full hours and the remaining elements of pay discrimination must be resolved as a matter of urgency.”