Elementary school teachers have voted four to one in favor of the updated public sector collective bargaining agreement.
The Irish National Teachers’ Organization (INTO), the largest teachers’ union, had recommended that its members vote in favour.
In announcing the election results today, the union said turnout was 57 percent, with 80 percent of members voting yes.
The results of votes by all unions across the public sector will be summarized at a meeting of the Irish Congress of Trade Unions (ICTU) Public Services Committee on Friday 7 October.
The revised agreement was negotiated to reflect the increase in the cost of living since the Building Momentum Civil Service Collective Bargaining Agreement.
INTO Secretary-General John Boyle said like all workers, primary school teachers have faced a huge increase in the cost of living.
“It was absolutely the right decision for unions to collectively trigger Building Momentum’s review clause,” said Mr Boyle.
“After lengthy and intense negotiations, we have reached an agreement that our members have welcomed as it offers significant salary increases and wage security.”
He added that the unpaid measures announced in the budget would help alleviate some of the financial strains members and their families are facing.
Mr Boyle said they would continue to carefully monitor the cost of living over the next six months ahead of negotiations on a successor to Building Momentum.
“We will be determined to ensure that any successor agreement negotiated after Easter addresses outstanding union demands and continues to improve pay and conditions for our members.”
The deal provides for additional increases of 3 pcs from February 2022, 2 pcs from March 2023 and 1.5 pcs or €750, whichever is greater, from October 2023.
If the deal goes through, public employees will receive the 3 percent due from February 2022 as a “flat” back payment in November or December.
Under the original Building Momentum deal, officials received 1 piece in October 2021, 1 piece in February 2022, and 1 piece beginning in October 2022.
https://www.independent.ie/irish-news/education/primary-teachers-union-accepts-pay-deal-with-its-general-secretary-saying-it-will-provide-significant-salary-increases-and-pay-certainty-42029888.html The primary school teachers’ union accepts a collective bargaining agreement and its general secretary says: “It will offer significant pay rises and wage security.”