ASTI Rejection of Pay Proposals highlights Risk of Industrial Action – Jonathan O’Brien TD
Sinn Féin deputy spokesperson for Finance and Public Expenditure & Reform, Jonathan O’Brien TD, has commented on the recent rejection of the government’s pay proposals by the Association of Secondary Teachers Ireland, and asked that the government take the issue of pay equality seriously.
Speaking today, the Cork North-Central said:
“Sinn Féin has continually called on the government to reverse the pay inequality exacted on public sector workers since 2011.
“Over 60,000 public sector workers receive less pay than their colleagues for equal work, including 20% of our education workforce and 10,000 nurses.
“The proposal put forward by the Government and Fianna Fáil has ensured that these workers will face pay inequality until 2026.
“It is therefore unsurprising that unions including the INMO, INTO PNA and now ASTI, across teaching and the nursing profession have rejected the proposal, with industrial action now a real possibility in the coming months.
“We have called on Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil to provide full pay equality by the beginning of 2020, not 2026.
“This would have seen all post-2011 entrants seeing an initial pay increase at the beginning of 2019, with full equality reached by the beginning of 2020.
“This proposal was entirely achievable in the context of the most recent budget.
“The Government must begin a real process of engagement to ensure frontline public services are not further threatened in the midst of a recruitment and retention crisis.”