Sinn Féin Public Expenditure and Reform Spokesperson Mary Lou McDonald TD this morning secured a Dáil debate on the disproportionate impact of cuts to public sector allowances for new entrant teachers. The issue will be debated in the Dáil this afternoon during Topical Issues.
The Dublin Central TD said:
“Details released yesterday by the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform show that the start off pay of new entrant teachers has been reduced by 15%, which is significantly higher than the 10% cut to pay across the public service.
“New entrant teachers into the service this year will be paid €11,000 a year less than their colleagues hired in 2010 with similar qualifications.
“The withdrawal of qualification-related allowances for new entrant teachers is a regressive move by the Government and will only serve to decrease the standard of education pursued by young people training to be teachers.
“Creating a two-tiered workforce within the public sector is not only deeply inequitable; it is a recipe for unrest across the teaching sector.
“Brendan Howlin can reduce the public sector pay bill by €265 million annually if he and his cabinet colleagues are prepared to make tough choices. Despite the crisis senior civil and public servants continue to enjoy excessive salaries in comparison to their European counterparts, to the detriment of low and middle income workers.”