INTO members in Dublin will hold a rally to demand fair pay for teachers outside the Dail on Tuesday.
More than 8 years after the first emergency cuts to teachers’ salaries were introduced and with a growing economy, teachers are calling for the reverse of cuts and equal pay for new entrants into the profession.
According to the Union, new teachers are still down between three and four thousand euro per year in their salaries.
INTO Executive member Pat Crowe says “Teachers reject the perverse logic that the onslaught on pensions in the private sector justifies an equivalent attack on public sector pensions.” He called on government and employers’ organisations to stop shedding “crocodile tears” for private sector workers and take real action to address the private sector pension crisis.
It comes as the Public Expenditure Minister recently invited public sector unions to a fresh round of pay talks, with the aim of extending the Lansdown Road Agreement.