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Progress on talks to restore allowances to new teachers

Posted by SchoolDays Newshound, on 24/08/2016. Progress on talks to restore allowances to new teachersTags: Teachers Education And Politics

Progress is being reported in talks between the Department of Education & Skills and the teachers' unions aimed at restoring annual allowances worth €5000 to newly qualified teachers.

The ASTI has already indicated that it would ballot for industrial action if the matter was not rsolved by August 31st so a deal must be done soon to avoid the threat of second-level school closures early in the new school term.

The TUI website reports that "while progress has been made, based on the firefighters' settlement of a similar issue, nothing has been finalised as yet".

According to a statement from the Department of Education and Skills, Officials from the Department of Education and Skills, the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform and representatives from the INTO and TUI have had a series of meetings since July to fully scope out the issues relating to pay arrangements for newly qualified teachers recruited since 01 February 2012.

The Departments states that "This engagement has been taking place in the context of both unions’ acceptance of the Lansdowne Road Agreement, and having regard to the recent agreement in respect of fire-fighters in local government.  The purpose of the engagement is to achieve agreement on an approach and timeframe for addressing the issue. There is no mechanism for progressing the issue outside the Lansdowne Road Agreement.  The parties have reported productive progress in the discussions to date and the aim is to conclude the current discussions by early next month."



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