In a statement today TUI Grassroots condemned the Minister for Education, Richard Bruton, for failing to commit to equal pay for equal work. Despite repeated questioning on Morning Ireland the Minister refused to say he supported the principle of equal pay. Spokesperson Eddie Conlon said “This government is clearly not committed to the principle of equal pay for equal work. The ASTI have been proven right. The government has no intention of equalising pay unless it is forced to do so. TUI members should now show their disgust at the Minister by refusing to pass ASTI pickets. They should clearly demonstrate that they want equal pay for equal work."
"In his interview the Minster claimed, yet again, that, following the recent deal with the TUI and INTO, an increase of up to 22% are available to new entrants. This is completely misleading as these figures including increases available to all teachers. Further, the 22% increase applies to the 16th point of the scale. No new entrant is anywhere near this point given that reduced scales were only introduced in 2011.
"But this is to miss the point. This dispute is about equal pay. The recent deal leaves a new entrant on the first point of the scale €4537 behind their pre 2011 colleagues. Those on the fifth point of the scale will see the gap cut by only 4%. Hardly a great advance for equal pay.”