17,500 Teachers Take Second Day Of Strike Action In Pay Dispute

Up to 17,500 teachers are due to take part if a second one-day strike as part of an ongoing pay dispute.

The industrial action is part of the ASTI campaign calling for Equal Pay for Equal Work. The union is demanding the restoration of the common basic pay scale for all teachers.

ASTI teachers who entered the profession from 2012 earn up to 21% below the common teachers' pay scale, or approximately €8,000 less per annum.

ASTI President Ed Byrne said: "The job of a trade union is to protect its most vulnerable members against unfair and inequitable treatment.

"More than 6,000 recently qualified teachers are on inferior pay scales and will lose out significantly in terms of life time earnings. Approximately 2,000 ASTI teachers are recently qualified teachers. Their introduction to their teaching career has been clouded by inferior pay and precarious contracts. Many of them earn a fraction of a fulltime salary. Ireland's second-level teachers work hard to promote inclusivity and equal status for students. It is ironic that their employer is at the same time attempting to embed unequal treatment within the teaching profession."

Further strike days are planned for Wednesday, 16 November; Thursday, 24 November; Tuesday, 29 November; Tuesday, 06 December; and Wednesday, 07 December.


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