Equal Pay for Equal Work

The three teacher unions – the ASTI, INTO and TUI – are running a joint campaign to achieve equal pay for recently qualified teachers. The three unions are participating in a talks process under the Public Services Stability Agreement. This process, which is ongoing since October 2017, involves “an examination of the remaining salary scale issues in respect of post-January 2011 entrants” to the public sector. In addition to this, the three teacher unions are conducting a campaign of political lobbying. The ASTI, INTO and TUI have produced a flier for politicians containing key campaign messages, including:

  • since February 2011, those who enter teaching are on reduced pay
  • there are career earnings losses (compared to earlier entrants) from €70,000 to over €100,000 over 40 years
  • on average, every post-2010 teacher has a 2018 salary that is €4,000 less than the salary of 2010 entrant with the same experience – in some cases more than €5,000 less
  • a 2011 entrant already has earnings over €26,000 below those of a 2010 entrant


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.  

Trade unions campaign for equal pay in January 2018 ASTIR.

Click here to read Equal Pay for Equal Work Leaflet.



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