Equal Pay a red line issue for Sinn Féin – Carol Nolan TD
Commenting in advance of the planned teachers' strike and a protest due to take place tomorrow in relation to equal pay for newly qualified teachers, Sinn Féin spokesperson on Education and Skills, Teachta Carol Nolan has said that equal pay is a red line issue for Sinn Féin.
Teachta Nolan said:
“Sinn Féin has consistently raised the issue of pay for newly qualified teachers and equal pay is a red line issue for Sinn Féin.
“The recent deal between the Department of Education and the teachers’ unions INTO and TUI does not fully equalise pay for newly qualified teachers.
“In fact, under this deal a post primary teacher will typically still be €1236 less off than the equivalent 2011 pay scale and €4,357 per annum less off than the equivalent 2010 pay scale.
“In our alternative budget Sinn Féin restored all qualification allowances for teachers, which would increase the typical starting salary of a post primary school teacher to €37,959.
“The Minister for Education and Skills needs to realise that nothing short of a full commitment to pay equalisation for newly qualified teachers will be accepted by the ASTI and I am calling for him to make that commitment now.
“Newly qualified teachers are entering the workforce with a higher level of qualifications than ever before and the current pay structure does not recognise the level of skill and knowledge obtained through the hard years of study.
“The Minister’s ongoing equivocation in respect to pay equalisation will prolong this dispute and a commitment on this issue has the potential to take much of the heat out of the current battle.
“Sinn Féin is calling for talks to commence on a new pay agreement as soon as possible so that public sector workers will have certainty over the future of their pay and conditions of work.”