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INTO rejects proposed pay agreement

Friday, 9 June 2017

Press Release
Irish National Teachers’ Organisation
on the Proposed Public Service Pay Agreement

INTO rejects proposed pay agreement

The INTO Executive has decided to recommend rejection of the proposed agreement to the union’s 36,000 members. The decision was made at a meeting of the union’s executive today which considered the detail of the proposed agreement. A ballot of primary teachers will begin next week.

The decision of the primary teachers’ union is based on the failure of the proposed agreement to progress the issue of pay equality.

Speaking after the decision today the general secretary of the INTO Sheila Nunan said the union had made every effort to resolve this longstanding grievance. “Notwithstanding progress to date on pay equality,” said Ms Nunan, “the recent pay talks were an opportunity to draw a line under pay discrimination and right a wrong imposed on new entrants since 2011. The agreement has failed to signal an end to pay inequality imposed by government on recent entrants.”

Ms Nunan said the INTO went into the talks to try and make progress on pay restoration, pay equality, the protection of pensions and the payment of the long standing pay award to primary principals.  “While there has been some progress in these talks, there has not been tangible progress on pay equality.”

The INTO also said primary principal teachers have been waiting more than ten years for the payment of an independently awarded pay uplift to help end some of the large pay disparity between primary and post primary principals. Ms Nunan said the proposed agreement offered little prospect of delivery on this issue within the lifetime of the agreement. “In recent years, work has intensified” said Ms Nunan, “more and more responsibility has been heaped on primary principals.”

As a result she said the INTO Executive will recommend that members reject the proposed agreement in the forthcoming ballot.

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