Cuts in pay for newly qualified teachers will force many to emigrate – Deputy Seán Crowe
Sinn Féin Education Spokesperson Seán Crowe met this week with student teachers who have been forced by the government to take a 14% cut in pay and allowances.
Describing the plight of newly qualified teachers as “unacceptable, immoral and wrong”, Deputy Crowe said:
“Regardless of what financial challenges we face, forcing such punitive cuts on newly qualified teachers is wrong and unjustifiable.
“It is also short-sighted considering the tens of millions that are being spent on training teachers for them to then enter employment being paid a wage that is below the industrial average. Some of our most capable young people from the teaching profession will be forced to emigrate in order to get paid a decent wage for basic day-to-day items and pay their mortgage.
“The imposition of these cuts will at best only obtain very minimal savings. They reflect the type of short sighted policies that have blighted this government’s first 12 months in power and will drive a generation of young people away from these shores.
“The briefing that was given by student teachers made clear that what is being imposed on the next generation of teachers will undermine and erode the goodwill and moral of staff who play such a pivotal role in our society. The disparity in wages arising from these cuts will also cause resentment amongst staff and greatly impact on the delivery of education in the classroom.
“Minister Quinn should reverse these cuts immediately.”