Equal Pay for Equal Work

*This section will be updated as soon as possible to reflect measures committed to by the Department of Education and Skills as a result of the ASTI’s suspension of industrial action as outlined here.*

ASTI members have voted to reject the 'Outcome of Talks' proposals by 52.5% to 47.5%.

In October 2016 ASTI members voted to take industrial action up to and including strike action over recently qualified teachers' pay.

Background to Equal Pay for Equal Work dispute

Teachers who entered the profession after 2010 are on different pay scales than their colleagues even though they have the same duties and responsibilities. 

Budget 2011 slashed new teachers’ pay by 10 per cent. In 2012, most pay allowances above the basic salary scale (e.g. allowance for obtaining a Master’s Degree) were abolished for those entering teaching (as well as for new beneficiaries). 

While the ASTI has made some progress in having these cuts restored, it still remains that new and recently qualified teachers are placed on inferior pay scales.  

Because many newly qualified teachers spend the first few years of their career in temporary and/ or part-time teaching positions, they experience the double whammy of a part-time income and an inferior pay scale. Ireland has a far higher proportion of temporary teaching positions at second-level compared to the OECD TALIS average* - 30 per cent in Ireland compared to the OECD TALIS average of 15 per cent. 

This is after they have spent the required four to six years training to be teachers, attaining a Degree and Professional Master’s in Education. 

To view new teachers’ salary scales click here

Three colleagues, three payscales. Read our article in May 2016 ASTIR.


 Click here to read Equal Pay for Equal Work Leaflet



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