Government must address equal work for equal pay for teachers – Cullinane
Sinn Féin TD and spokesperson for Public Expenditure and Reform David Cullinane has said that the Government's aggressive stance towards ASTI is adding to the crisis.
Deputy Cullinane said:
“In November, I said that the deal proposed by Government to ASTI would not resolve the issue of equal pay for equal work and that it would further entrench inequality. The majority of ASTI members have seen this as well and have rejected it.
“This is a clear sore in the classroom and I simply do not understand why the Government refuses to accept the principle of equal work for equal pay.
“Nobody wants strikes in the classroom. Similarly, nobody wants inequality in the classroom.
“Nobody, that is, except Ministers Bruton and Donohoe.
“The Government needs to work with the ASTI to address the actual issues that are driving this dispute; equal work for equal pay and a clear roadmap towards a return to a single-tier pay structure in the public sector.
“This issue will not go away and the Government needs to face up to that fact instead of running away.
“The Minister needs to clarify what measures he will put in place to ensure that Junior Cert English students who stand to lose ten per cent of their marks.”