Two teachers’ unions vote at least 4-1 on revised public sector agreement

Two teachers’ unions voted to adopt the updated public service agreement by a margin of at least 4-1.

The Irish National Teachers’ Organization (INTO), the largest teachers’ union, said 80 per cent of members voted yes. Voter turnout was 57 percent.

The Teachers’ Union of Ireland (TUI) announced that 85 per cent of its members support the deal.

The results of the votes of all public service unions will be summarized at a meeting of the Irish Trade Union Congress (ICTU) Public Service Committee on Friday 7th October. The result of the vote by the third teachers’ union, the ASTI, is due next week.

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, one of the ICTU negotiators, said they would continue to monitor the cost of living carefully over the next six months before negotiations begin 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. Two teachers’ unions vote at least 4-1 on revised public sector agreement

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