The two Croke Park Agreements (although the second has yet to be agreed) have/will imposed large cuts on the terms and conditions of employment of all public sector workers since the introduction of the original Croke Park agreement imposed in 2010.
As has been mentioned before teachers in Irish schools spend more time classroom teaching than most teachers in other OECD countries - http://www.politics.ie/forum/educati...-eu-state.html
As the link above shows full time post primary teachers in Ireland spend 735 hours in front of students annually. Over a 40 year career this equates to 29,400 hours
The original Croke Park Agreement imposed an extra 33 hours annually - all done outside official school opening hours.
The new Croke Park agreement is set to impose a further 43 hours in front of students in the form of supervision & substitution during school opening hours and in the classroom. This will leave teachers with virtually no preparatory time.
So overall a further official 76 hours is to be added to the workload of full time teachers per annum - this equates to 811 hours per annum or 32,440 over a forty year career.
This represents an increase of 3,040 hours over a 40 career . . . or over 4 years extra unpaid (if one year assumes 735 hours)
This does not take into account the fact that the additional hours that teachers volunteer, the fact that they effectively cannot be promoted (due to the recruitment embargo), two separate pay cuts, worse non-cert sick leave entitlement (7 days over 24 months), worse maternity leave entitlements, separate pay cuts for new teachers, pending abolition of the junior cert . . with teachers to do the work instead. . . . . . .
With unions like these. . . .
VOTE NO TO CROKE PARK 2 . . . AGAIN!