Job security and pay are the biggest challenges facing new second level teachers
Newly qualified second-level teachers can expect to spend the first few years of their career in precarious teaching positions earning significantly less than a full salary. This is because Ireland has a far higher proportion of temporary teaching positions at second-level compared to the OECD TALIS* average – 30% in Ireland compared to the OECD TALIS average of 15%.
In addition, new teachers have experienced pay cuts. While the ASTI has succeeded in having some of these pay cuts reversed, the restoration of a single pay scale for all teachers is a central aim of the ASTI. To view new teachers’ salary scales click here.
ASTI CAMPAIGN TO SUPPORT NEW TEACHERS
Progress on CIDs
From September 2015, second-level teachers become eligible for permanency after just two year’s teaching in a school. This is far better than the entitlement under employment law where eligibility arises after four years of fixed term contracts.
The deal, secured by the ASTI and TUI, aims to address the high level of casualisation in the second-level teaching profession. As a result Contracts of Indefinite Duration (CIDs) were awarded to 1,800 teachers in September 2015, compared to 1,000 in 2014.
Teachers covering for those on career breaks and secondments also qualify for CIDs after two years under the new arrangements.
It is expected that a large number of CIDs will be awarded in September 2016 and again in the coming years.
Click here to read more about CIDs.
Progress on reversal of pay cuts
Budget 2011 introduced a 10 per cent pay cut for teachers entering the profession from January 2011. The pay cut was applied to their salary and allowances.
The following year, qualification allowances for teachers entering after February 1st 2012 were abolished.
?The ASTI along with the other teacher unions negotiated a pay increase for teachers entering after February 1st 2012 which goes some way towards compensating for the loss of qualification allowances.
?Most recently, in May 2014, the ASTI and the other teacher unions negotiated a new improved salary scale for teachers who entered teaching between 1/1/2011 and 1/2/2012. These teachers now have the same ‘top of the scale’ salary of €59,359 as the pre-2011 teachers. In addition the teacher unions secured a 10 per cent increase in qualification allowances for teachers who entered between 1/1/2011 and 1/2/2012.
Free ASTI membership
Since 2012 the ASTI has waived subscription fees for a year for teachers affected by cuts to qualification allowances.
Panel system for second-level teachers
The ASTI has sought the establishment of a panel system for the filling of second-level teaching vacancies. As a result of ASTI pressure, the feasibility of such a system is being examined.
Support for new teachers
The ASTI provides industrial relations advice and representation to all members and seeks to improve their working conditions, and increase their hours and job security whenever possible. A large amount of this work is in support of new and non-permanent teachers.
Highlighting new teachers’ issues
We are creating awareness through the media and among the public about the unfair treatment of young teachers, and urging all teachers to join with us in our campaign of opposition. Read more in the ASTI media centre.
* TALIS is an international survey programme which focuses on the learning environment and the working conditions of teachers in schools. It is a collaborative endeavour between governments, an International Consortium, the OECD and Teachers' Unions.