Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Education Thomas Byrne TD has reaffirmed his party’s commitment to achieving full pay equality for newly qualified teachers.

Since 2011, those who enter teaching are on a reduced payscale when compared to their established colleagues.

Deputy Byrne said, “Fianna Fáil has been pushing the Government to agree a roadmap with public sector unions on how to achieve full pay equality for new entrants, including teachers. The commitment to examine pay levels and pay equality across the public service, including entry levels of pay and allowances, was a key demand of Fianna Fáil in our discussions on an arrangement to facilitate a minority Government.

“The report on pay equalisation in the public sector is well underway and is due to be published later this month. Fianna Fáil will be looking for clarity from Government regarding their plan of action as soon as this report is published. It’s imperative that the Government quickly moves to confirm a proper pathway to equalise the pay for new entrants.

“Ongoing pay inequality for new entrants to the teaching profession has resulted in a recruitment and retention crisis for teachers and there are also major difficulties for schools in securing substitute teachers when required. This inequality is not acceptable and my party will continue to put pressure on Government to address this issue.”