It looks like teachers could strike in September, in a row over pay for newer staff.
Unions want those hired after 2011 - who are on a lower pay scale - to have their wages increased.
Today, unions voted in favour of taking action if the Government doesn't come up with concrete plans for the restoration of pay for newer teachers by May.
<blockquote class="twitter-video" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">This was the reaction when Minister Richard Bruton got to pay inequality after over 20 mins of speech <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/ASTI18?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#ASTI18</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/teachers?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#teachers</a> <a href="https://t.co/FGqfJ7MlpU">pic.twitter.com/FGqfJ7MlpU</a></p>— Juliette Gash (@JulietteGash) <a href="https://twitter.com/JulietteGash/status/981206089311059968?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">April 3, 2018</a></blockquote>
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The Education Minister is doing the tour of teachers’ conferences this week, he says negations on pay restoration will have to take place.
Richard Bruton was briefly heckled as he arrived at the ASTI conference in Cork this evening.
A recent report on public sector pay said restoring pay parity across the public service would cost €200m.
Teachers’ unions want a time-frame for that by May, and if not, the three unions representing 70,000 teachers could go on strike.