TUI right to reject Croke Park II – Jonathan O’Brien TD
Sinn Féin education spokesperson, Jonathan O’Brien TD, has said that the decision by the Teachers’ Union of Ireland to advise its members to reject the Croke Park II Agreement reflects the growing anger of teachers who have again been targeted by the government.
Deputy O’Brien said: “I agree with the TUI's general secretary John McGowan who has described the proposals announced this week as ‘unacceptable’ because they will have a disproportionate impact on lower paid teachers.
“If Croke Park II is ratified then it is likely teachers will be expected to work many additional hours. There is a risk that some primary school classes will have to double-up to numbers in excess of 40 children per classroom, so that teachers can cover for colleagues on certified sick leave, because substitution is no longer permitted.
“Yet again, the government has shown it readiness to target less well-off workers and teachers on lower pay scales, who have already endured a 14 per cent cut in wages, will suffer the most should this deal be ratified.
“Sinn Féin supports the decision of the TUI to advise its members to reject this deal which will further damage the morale and goodwill of teachers.”