Education sector staff must be protected by Government – Nolan
Speaking today as she attended both the ASTI Convention and TUI Congress, Sinn Féin spokesperson on Education and Skills, Teachta Carol Nolan, has said that the Government must ensure that the terms and conditions of education staff are protected.
Teachta Nolan said:
“Teachers deserve Equal Pay for Equal Work and the Government must accept this principle in any post Lansdowne Road pay agreement.
“The Government must also set out a clear roadmap to the return of a single tier pay structure in the public sector.
“The effect of Government policy in our classrooms is clear as research from the TUI shows that 81% of respondents to a recent survey state that pay inequality has had a negative effect on staff morale within schools and 96% stating that their workload has increased significantly in recent years.
“Sinn Féin is calling for equality in our classrooms and educational institutions. We are calling for the full implementation of the Ward and Cush Reports to end the casualization of the teaching and lecturing professions.
“We are calling for the Government to make a clear commitment that no teacher will be made forcibly redundant for political purposes in a climate where we have a shortage of suitably qualified teachers.
“We are also calling on the Government to conduct an analysis of terms and conditions of support staff in higher education institutions, where terms and conditions have considerably worsened in recent years.
“Staff in the Education sector have consistently been asked to do more with less and the Minister’s vision ‘of the best education system in Europe’ cannot be built on the foundations of inequality and worsening terms and conditions for staff in our education sector.
“Sinn Féin will stand against any attempts to drive down terms and conditions for workers. We will stand up for teachers, lecturers, researchers and the support staff that are the drivers of a quality education system.”