We will be shutting down schools,' teachers warn over pay equality

Back to Ireland Home

President of the Irish National Teachers' Organisation John Boyle has said that teachers "will shut down schools" if there is no resolution to their pay dispute.

Teachers will make the call for pay equality at the INTO's Annual Congress which gets underway in Killarney today - writes breakingnews.ie

More than 800 representatives will attend the conference, which will also discuss industrial relations and education issues of concern to them.

They represent 35,000 primary teachers in the Republic of Ireland and 7,000 teachers in the North.

Speaking on RTÉ's Morning Ireland today, he warned schools would be closed if progress was not made on the issue of pay.

Mr Boyle said: "Our patience is definitely running very, very thin in relation to seven or eight years of dastardly cuts to the young teachers and we have negotiated very hard over that time.

"Certainly at the beginning of the next school year, if we don't have pay equality negotiated by then, I believe that the members of the three unions will work closely together.

Then we will be shutting down schools and withdrawing labour.

"We've never feared to negotiate; we never negotiate out of fear and it may take stringent action before the Government realises that we are truly serious about pay equality."

The INTO President says new primary teachers are not getting the pay they deserve.

Mr Boyle said: "Today's 150th INTO Congress is going to be focused on pay and particularly on equality issues within primary teaching.

TeacherFemaleClassroom_large.jpg?width=600&s=bn-835318

"The first one being that primary teachers, who have qualified since 2010, have been treated very shabbily by successive governments and are three or four points behind on the salary scale, are not being paid equal pay for equal work.

"So that is going to be the dominant focus."

Today is the opening day of the three-day event and attendees will be addressed by the INTO President John Boyle this afternoon.

Topics likely to dominate the event include pay equality and restoration, industrial relations issues, funding of schools, workload and curriculum and special needs teaching.

The Education Minister will attend the conference tomorrow and the event will conclude on Wednesday afternoon.

Read more news of Dublin on our site.

breakingnews.ie
schools teachers shuttingdown
If you notice an error, highlight the text you want and press Ctrl + Enter to report it to the editor
2 views in november
I recommend
No recommendations yet

Comments

Post your comment to communicate and discuss this article.

Society
A 20-year-old woman had a bag stolen from her at knife point during a robbery at an isolated bus stop in Dublin. The shocking incident happened at the bus stop at the Blanchardstown slip road on the N3 which serves routes heading to Co Meath. Gardai have told Dublin Live that the woman received a minor injury to her hand during the robbery. No arrests have been made so far in connection with the incident and the investigation is continuing. A garda spokesw...
Crime
Two foreign- nationals have been arrested after over €2 million worth of Heroin was seized in Dublin Airport. A man in his 30s and woman in her 50s were taken into custody after Revenue Officers caught the massive 15kg haul which had made its way over from Pakistan. The woman, who was accompanied by a small child, was met by the man in arrivals before they were arrested and taken to Ballymun Garda Station. A Revenue spokesperson said that the arrests came...
Society
Inner City Helping Homeless are asking for the public's help in filling a Luas with gifts this Christmas. Fill A Luas asks the public to donate a shoebox of gifts to the homeless at Connolly Luas Stop on Thursday, December 6. This is the fourth year of the charity event. This year, Fill A Luas will be a week-long event to give people more time to donate a shoebox over the holidays with the aim of collecting more than the record of 20,000 shoeboxes. The pub...
Incidents
The sightings of UFOs over the coast by three sets of airline pilots has led to Ireland being seen as a hotbed of alien activity. It has emerged the crews who reported an unidentified object streaking through the skies over Co Kerry are not alone. Dublin Live has been inundated with reports of similar sightings around the country in recent weeks. The Irish Aviation Authority has begun an investigation into the appearance of the mysterious objects which wer...
Society
Ombudsman Peter Tyndall has expressed his disappointment that the Health Service Executive has not fully implemented the recommendations made in his 2015 investigation into the healthcare system. The Ombudsman's 2015 report, Learning to Get Better, found that many people were afraid to complain about the treatment they receive in hospitals and that many hospitals were not learning important lessons from complaints they receive.  The HSE and Department of H...
Society
A new programme aimed at helping immigrant teachers find work in Irish schools opens to applicants today. The course, at Dublin’s Marino Institute of Education, aims to provide immigrants who are qualified teachers, but not working as such, with the knowledge, skills, and confidence to enable them to find employment here. Recent research has found that while Ireland’s school student population is now highly diverse, teachers here continue to be overwhelmin...
Society
EU and UK negotiators have agreed a text that deals with the Irish border, RTÉ News understands. The text was agreed at around 9pm last night and then transmitted to Downing Street. While two well-placed sources have confirmed that the text was "as stable as it can be", they say it would not be correct to say that the negotiations have "concluded". According to both sources, there will be one backstop to avoid a hard border on the island of Ireland. The ba...
Politics
The Cabinet will meet this morning to consider developments around the draft text of a Brexit withdrawal agreement. Yesterday, Taoiseach Leo Varadkar put his colleagues on standby for this morning's meeting, which is due to be held at 9.30am. Mr Varadkar and the Tánaiste will update their Government colleagues on what has happened over the last 24 hours. It follows a meeting last night between Mr Varadkar, Tánaiste Simon Coveney, Minister for Finance Pasch...
Society
A number of events have taken place around the country and in Northern Ireland to mark the centenary of the ending of World War I. Locations where ceremonies have taken place include Belfast, Enniskillen, Cork, Limerick, Sligo, Kilkenny, Westmeath, Galway and Tipperary. In Cork city, Lord Mayor of Cork Cllr Mick Finn laid a wreath at the Cenotaph on the Grand Parade. He was joined by relatives of those who died in WWI and members of the Cork branch of the...
age-restriction-popup-content