Minister Bruton out of touch on pay equalisation-Ó Ríordáin

15 September 2017

Labour Party Education spokesperson Senator Aodhán Ó Ríordáin has hit out at comments made by Minister for Education, Richard Bruton on pay equalisation for younger teachers.

Senator Ó Ríordáin commented:

“The comments made by the Minister for Education at the Fine Gael Think-In yesterday on equal pay for teachers show how out of touch he is regarding the pay divide in our schools.  Richard Bruton has never expressly stated that he supports equal pay for equal work.

“Minster Bruton suggested that delivering pay equalisation would mean that resources would have to be taken away from children. Instead of pitting children against teachers, the Minister needs to work with teaching unions to address the issues that teachers across the country are facing. The Minister should be setting out a clear roadmap as to how we can ensure young teachers are receiving equal pay for equal work.

“While the Minister’s Party focus on a tax cut agenda that will make little difference to middle Ireland, we believe that this money should be prioritised in areas of most need.

“It is clear that all teacher unions feel strongly about this issue and it would make sense for the Minster to show real leadership and provide a pathway for the realisation of their reasonable demands.”

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