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Teachers deserve Equal Pay for Equal Work – Cullinane

18 April, 2017 - by David Cullinane TD


Sinn Féin TD and spokesperson for Public Expenditure and Reform David Cullinane said today that the issue of pay justice for teachers needs to be tackled in any post-Lansdowne Road agreement.

Deputy Cullinane said:

“Last 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.

“This is a clear source of disruption 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.

“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 sooner rather than later.” 

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