ASTI moves to ballot on industrial action over unequal pay

Saturday 26 January 2019

At its meeting in Dublin today, the ASTI Central Executive Council (CEC) considered the continuation of discriminatory pay arrangements for teachers who entered the profession since 2010.

 

The CEC adopted a motion signalling its intention to conduct a ballot for industrial action in parallel with the primary teachers’ union (INTO), should the INTO proceed with a ballot.

 

The move follows the ASTI’s rejection of the New Entrant Pay Measure in a ballot of members in November 2018. The Measure was also rejected by members of the INTO

 

ASTI President Breda Lynch said the union is committed to the abolition of a two-tier pay system for teachers: “The ASTI has already taken strike action as part of its campaign to achieve Equal Pay for Equal Work. We will continue to stand in solidarity with our lower paid colleagues until full pay equality is restored.

 

“It is unacceptable that in 2019 we expect a cohort of teachers to do the same work as their colleagues for inferior pay which will lead to substantial losses over their careers. We are committed to ending this discriminatory treatment.”