Pay inequity for teachers cannot continue – Kathleen Funchion TD
Sinn Féin Education spokesperson Kathleen Funchion TD has said she fully supports the demands of the teachers’ unions for pay equality and restoration.
Speaking as the Teachers Conferences concluded this week, Deputy Funchion said that ultimately it is this generation of children that will pay the biggest price, regarding the inequity that exists in teachers’ pay.
“We are losing talented, highly educated and motivated young teachers to other countries. It is nearly impossible for young teachers to live on the wages that they receive here, particularly with the constant rise in the cost of housing.
“This has led to a shortage of qualified teachers here for our children. There is a struggle to get substitute teachers here also and ultimately our children will suffer as a result of this, particularly students in exam years.
“The Minister can no longer put his head in the sand on this issue. We need to see pay restoration along with the restoration of the PME allowance for young newly qualified teachers.
“I fully support the teachers unions regarding this issue and would urge the Minister to give a commitment that this issue will be addressed in Budget 2019.”