Tuesday, 17 September 2019

Questions (181)

Donnchadh Ó Laoghaire


181. Deputy Donnchadh Ó Laoghaire asked the Minister for Education and Skills if he has engaged with a union (details supplied) since it announced its latest intention to explore the possibility of industrial action. [37097/19]

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Written answers (Question to Education)

Members of the TUI voted to accept the September 2018 new entrant pay deal and this agreement is benefiting 16,000 teachers within the education sector.

I am aware that the teacher unions have outstanding issues of concern following the September 2018 agreement. These outstanding matters will be given full consideration either by any pay review mechanism agreed by the parties to the Public Service Stability Agreement, or in the context of the next round of pay talks. It is recognised that the positions of each of the parties concerned on these matters must be given due regard in endeavouring to reach a mutually agreed resolution.

The current series of restorative measures for new entrants have been achieved through continued engagement and collective bargaining between the Government and the public service unions and shows the benefits that such engagement can bring.