Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Education Thomas Byrne TD says he expects the Government to set out a clear path to achieving pay equality for new teachers.

Deputy Byrne made the comments following the publication of the report examining pay scales in the public sector. Since 2011, those who enter teaching are on a reduced payscale compared to their established colleagues. This is unfair.

Deputy Byrne said, “The report on pay equalisation in the public sector was a key demand of Fianna Fáil in our discussions surrounding the Confidence and Supply Arrangement. This report has now published its findings and I expect to see a swift response from Government setting out how exactly it intends to achieve pay equality for new teachers.

“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. Morale within schools is continuing to fall as more and more young people are entering the teaching profession on reduced wages. No doubt this will be spoken about at the forthcoming annual teacher conferences.

“The Government has consistently cited that they were awaiting the publication of this report before making any substantive comments on the issue of pay equality for new teachers. This report has now been published, it’s time for the Government to set out how and when it is going to respond to it and to outline and confirm how the entry lower entry pay anomaly is going to be corrected.”