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Commitment on Equal Pay for Equal Work would take heat out of teacher’s dispute – Nolan

7 November, 2016


Sinn Féin spokesperson on Education and Skills Teachta Carol Nolan has today called on the Government to make a firm commitment to equal pay for equal work in order to prevent prolonged secondary school closures. Teachta Nolan was commenting as hundreds of secondary schools have closed this morning.

Teachta Nolan said:

 “There are currently three different pay scales in place for secondary school teachers, with those who have recently entered the profession on a lower rate than previous entrants.

“Furthermore, teachers in unions such as TUI and INTO receive a payment for substitution and supervision of €800 per year, which ASTI members have not received since the start of the term.

“The Government can no longer stand over the situation whereby teachers are not receiving the same pay for the same work.

“It is particularly galling for public sector workers on lower and middle incomes to be told that they have to wait for pay restoration while many TDs will vote for massive pay hikes in their own salaries this week in the Dáil.

“Sinn Féin has put forward a Private Members’ Motion to prevent these pay hikes.

“The principle of equal pay for equal work is a red line issue for Sinn Féin and the Government needs to make a firm commitment that teachers will be treated fairly.

“Such a commitment would take much of the heat out of the current dispute with teachers and I am confident that today’s school closures could have been avoided if the Government had taken this approach.” 

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