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Significant Progress on Pay Equality 16/09/16

INTO welcomes significant progress on pay equality

Friday, 16 September 2016

Press Release Irish National Teachers Organisation

Settlement reached on allowances for new entrant teachers

The INTO has secured agreement with the government on revised pay scales restoring qualification allowance payments to every teacher who started since February 2012 when these were removed for new teachers.

The agreement restores these allowances by rolling them into a new pay scale. It equalises pay between teachers who started from February 2012 and those who started immediately before them in 2011.

This agreement results from discussions between the INTO and the TUI, the Department of Education and Skills and the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform over the summer on pay arrangements for newly qualified teachers recruited since 1 February 2012.  This engagement took place in the context of both unions’ acceptance of the Lansdowne Road Agreement and a settlement reached with Firefighters in May. 

The INTO described it as a very significant agreement benefiting approximately 3,500 primary teachers who started since February 2012. It also benefits every teacher who starts from now who would be affected if this issue was not resolved.

Sheila Nunan general secretary of the INTO said this was a priority issue for the union. Welcoming the settlement she said it was a clear step towards pay equality that settled this issue. “For the first time,” said Ms Nunan teachers who began since 2012 will have the same earnings path as all other teachers and will reach the same maximum point of salary scale.”

She said that under this settlement career earnings for a post-February 2012 entrant will be increased by over €100,000 compared to at present. Ms Nunan said the INTO would continue to work for full pay equality

Rosena Jordan, president of the INTO also welcomed the settlement saying a commitment had been given earlier this year by the leadership of the union to progress this issue. She said she has been to all parts of the country and met with teachers affected. “Pay inequality is eroding morale and creating discontent,” she said.  “This is a very significant agreement that settles another aspect of unequal pay scales.”