Teachers protesting about lack of equal pay for new entrants today. Understandable in a way but do they really think that
the state can afford to restore the levels previously paid? Would they like to see public reaction if home help for elderly was entirely abolished for the elderly in order to fund this?
Presumably they understand and realise that the government had to do this (lower pay for new entrants) because the Croke Park agreement protects pay of older teachers. If the unions feel so stongly about equality why do their older members not take a cut to bring in a single common scale?
Are the unions just paying lip service to new entrants and enabling their older members to laugh all the way to the bank as they retire on tax free lump sums of €100,000 and pensions higher than the salary of new entrants?
Is the new pay really all that bad? New teachers (if in a permanent full-time position which is more common for primary teachers) are still getting several thousand (€28k acording to RTE) more than the average graduate starting salary (€25k)
and and have guaranteed increments over their career which are paid regardless of performance.
Of course some teachers are finding it very hard to get full hours and struggle for years to get a permanent position.
I do not want this too turn into a teacher bashing thread but I am genuinely perplexed by the inherent risks in this approach.
Most teachers do a good job, have larger class sizes than a few years ago and many experience on a daily basis some of the awfulness of the economic collapse in terms of social deprivation they encounter.
Common Basic Scales, INTO - Irish National Teachers' Organisation - into.ie