Teachers Unions Threaten To Strike Unless Pay Increased

The Association of Secondary School Teachers of Ireland are threatening industrial action unless pay is increased

The teaching union are holding their annual conference in Cork later today where they will hear that teaching is no longer seen as attractive, resulting in a recruitment crisis in the profession.

500 teachers will attend the conference, which begins this afternoon in the city

Elsewhere the the TUI and INTO are also holding their annual conferences and they will also be debating motions on wages

The Education Minister says teachers concerns about the cost of living willl be addressed in upcoming public sector pay talks.

Minister Norma Foley will address primary school teachers in Killarney this morning before travelling to Cork to address delegates at the ASTI’s annual convention later this afternoon.

The Minister says while all unions have a ‘freedom’ to discuss a range of topics, the pay issue will be dealt with by the Public Expenditure Minister Michael McGrath.


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