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July 2017

Members reject draft pay deal

INTO members have rejected the terms of the Public Service Stability Agreement 2018-2020.

The result of the ballot was 89 per cent in favour of rejecting the deal compared to 11 per cent who voted for acceptance. There was a turnout of 19,172 in the ballot which is 53 per cent of the union’s membership in the Republic of Ireland.     

The CEC recommended rejection of the terms on the basis that it did not progress the issue of pay equality imposed by government on new entrant teachers.

The general secretary Sheila Nunan said the proposed agreement did not signal an end to pay inequality.

“For the INTO, the recent talks were about pay restoration, pay equality, the protection of pensions and the payment of principals’ benchmarking,” she said.  “While there has been some progress, on a number of key issues for the INTO there has not been enough progress.”

The INTO Executive will consider the outcome of the ballot next month.

Date: Thursday, 13 July 17