Three teachers highlight pay disparity among ASTI teachers
ASTI members have voted by an overwhelming majority to take strike action over the pay of newly qualified teachers.
ASTI members will take strike action on the following dates:
· Thursday, October 27th
· Tuesday, November 8th
· Wednesday, November 16th
· Thursday, November 24th
· Tuesday, November 29th
· Tuesday, December 6th
· Wednesday, December 7th
Click here for ASTI Directive on industrial action.
Click here for FAQs on Strike.
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.
Three colleagues, three payscales. Read our article in May 2016 ASTIR.