Many of the teachers and lecturers who took part in strikes today are not directly affected by what they deem "pay discrimination" but see the impact it is having on colleagues, and on the education sector.
The Supreme Court, by a three to two majority, has rejected claims by a former school teacher it would be unconstitutional to permit his prosecution for alleged offences of gross indecency against a male pupil between 1978-80 when the boy was aged between 15 and 17 years.
Teachers have told the Education Minister they are prepared to take industrial action, which could include strikes, if changes to the Leaving Cert curriculum are railroaded through without consultation.
A breakthrough in securing pay equality for new entrants to primary school teaching has been signalled by the Irish National Teachers’ Organisation (INTO) after a form of wording has been agreed with Government.
The Teachers' Union of Ireland is warning that a significant projected increase in the number of students in the country's third level institutions will greatly worsen the current crisis in the sector unless urgent action is taken.
The general secretary of the Association of Secondary Teachers Ireland (ASTI), Kieran Christie, has described Fempi legislation on industrial action by public service unions as “draconian and repugnant.”
Autism charity, AsIAm, has condemned the Association of Second Level Teachers of Ireland (ASTI) for its advice to members to refuse to provide Individual Education Plans (IEP) for students with special needs.
Parents of children with special needs say it will not be acceptable for the Government to dilute their education supports by failing to provide more special teachers next year to cater for a growing school population.
Even in a world where violence seems more and more routine, even in a world where the most disrespectful and threatening behaviour is occasionally tolerated as the lesser of two evils the threat of violence faced by a teacher and reported at yesterday’s TUI conference in Wexford is utterly unacceptable.