Friday 17 November 2017

'We work the same hours but I'm paid 10pc less than some colleagues'

Keith Howley and Therese Glennon at the ASTI convention
Keith Howley and Therese Glennon at the ASTI convention

THEY work as hard as each other in the same Dublin school but one is discriminated against because of when he started teaching.

Keith Howley and Therese Glennon both teach at Pobalscoil Neasain in Baldoyle but because Keith entered the profession after 2011, he earns 10pc less than his colleague.

Mr Howley (25) qualified in 2012 and is still better off than some of the teachers in his school who don't receive any qualification allowance that takes into account the quality of their degree or if they have a post-graduate qualification such as a H Dip or a Master's degree.

The Maths and Biology teacher considers himself lucky because of the support he gets from his principal at Pobalscoil Neasain, who is reluctant to issue young teachers with low-hour contracts.

"It is unjust and there should be parity of pay and there should not be three different pay scales for teachers," Mr Howley said. "It's disgraceful they can expect a teacher to come in and do the exact same job but not be given the same entitlements."

"Keith works just as hard as I do and yet we're not on equal wages and that's not acceptable at all," maths and religion teacher Ms Glennon added.

"Years ago, before my time in teaching, men and women were not treated equally and that was considered a disgrace so it's not ok that people who are younger are treated differently either."

Parity of pay was among the topics up for discussion at the Association of Secondary Teachers Ireland (ASTI) convention in Killarney, Co Kerry, where 480 delegates will vote today on a motion calling for the restoration of the pre-2011 common basic scale for all teachers.


The delegates will also vote to support a motion calling on their union to seek the reinstatement of qualification allowances for all post-2011 entrants.

Pay discussions between the unions and the Department of Education and Skills are due to begin next month. ASTI general secretary, Pat King, said it was the union's job to row back each pre-Haddington Road pay cut and levy including the pension levy and to close the gap between the different teacher salary scales.


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