Union Executive Calls for Urgent Movement on Public Sector Agreement

Meeting in Cork City today, the Central Executive Committee of the Irish National Teachers’ Organisation discussed the union’s ongoing negotiations with Government on new entrant pay. In a ballot of members late last year, members of the union rejected the proposed agreement arising from negotiations to the Public Sector Stability Agreement.

Following this ballot, INTO engaged in a national consultation with members and subsequently entered into engagement with government on a resolution for the 2011 – 2014 cohort of teachers, who continue to be paid less than their colleagues.

INTO General Secretary Designate John Boyle said “INTO remain committed to securing a resolution which will ensure that those who entered the profession between 2011 and 2014 are paid the same as their colleagues. We have been clear in our demand for a mechanism to provide this resolution. Indeed, Government have acknowledged that this is ‘unfinished business’ for teachers. As our annual Congress approaches, we want to be in a position to put a proposed resolution to our members at the earliest opportunity.”

Mr. Boyle said, “I agree wholeheartedly with the recent comments made by a member of the public services committee that such outstanding pay issues test the credibility of the public sector accord.”