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Senator Paul Gavan calls for Government Engagement with English Language Teachers

24 October, 2017 - by Paul Gavan

Sinn Féin Senator Paul Gavan has called on Minister Richard Bruton to engage with UNITE trade union regarding The Qualifications and Quality Assurance Amendment Bill published this week.

UNITE members, working as English Language Teachers, are angry to see that there is not one single mention of teachers in the draft legislation. Instead the legislation focuses on facilities.

Speaking in the Seanad today Senator Gavan said English Language Teachers (ELT) in this sector were facing major problems with regard to precarious work, rates of pay and bogus self employment:

“The message from Minister Bruton that he will not meet with UNITE, and that he will not legislate for these issues as English Language Teachers operate in the private sector is an abrogation of ministerial responsibility.

"The message from UNITE is simple; they are asking that the Minister and his department engage with workers, hear their concerns and ensure those concerns are reflected in the forthcoming Qualifications and Quality Assurance legislation."

Senator Gavan called for a debate on the new legislation and for the Department of Education to stand up for workers and regulate employment standards in the ELT sector.

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