Two teachers unions have criticised a decision by the Department of Education (DES) to suspend payment allowances for new teachers.
The announcement was made by the government yesterday evening (January 31st), with all payments shelved pending a review by the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform.
An immediate reversal of the decision has been called for by the Teacher's Union of Ireland, while the Association of Secondary Teachers Ireland (ASTI) said it shows "scant regard" for the realities facing young educators.
Pat King, general secretary of the ASTI, claimed the government made the announcement without "any consultation" with teacher unions.
"This announcement represents yet another disgraceful attack on vulnerable young teachers who are already facing uncertainty in relation to their employment and whose pay scales have been decimated," he added.
Under the ruling, teachers stand to lose allowances that amount to several thousand euros, which they receive in addition to their basic salary.
To view the circular issued by the DES on the Allowances Review, click here