Teachers’ union votes to reject Croke Park II

The 15,000 members of the Teachers’ Union of Ireland have voted overwhelmingly to reject Croke Park II.

Teachers’ union  votes to reject Croke Park II

The decision by the union — the first Ictu-affiliated union to complete its ballot — is unsurprising given the union’s executive strongly advocated a no vote.

Union president Gerard Craughwell said: “TUI members, in common with other public servants, have made a major, measurable and verifiable contribution to the country’s recovery.

“Teachers and lecturers are giving extensive additional productivity under the existing public service agreement. This is on top of the pension levy and pay cuts which have reduced the take-home pay of serving teachers and lecturers by as much as 20%.

“The feedback we received from members during the ballot is that while the pay proposals are a big issue for them, a further major issue is the savage and unwarranted attack on working conditions and on the quality of public education.”

The TUI had also rejected the first Croke Park deal.

It has now said that if the majority of Ictu-affiliated public sector workers vote to accept the terms under Croke Park II, its members will not be bound by the overall Ictu decision.

“TUI will vote against the proposals at the meeting of the Ictu Public Services Committee in April,” said Mr Craughwell.

“The TUI position is that it is not for the Public Services Committee to determine working conditions for members of unions who have rejected the proposals.”

The ballots in other unions are not due to be completed for up to three weeks. According to the size of their public sector membership each will then be attributed votes in an overall Ictu ballot which will take place on Apr 17.

The positions adopted by the memberships of the largest public sector unions, Impact and Siptu, will be crucial to the outcome of that overall vote. The executives of both have indicated they are in favour of a yes vote in the ballot.

Seven Ictu-affiliated unions — Unite; the Civil, Public, and Services Union; the Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation; the Irish Medical Organisation; the Irish Federation of University Teachers; the Teachers’ Union of Ireland; and the Association of Higher Civil and Public Servants — have all recommended their members reject the proposals.

However, when their memberships are added together, the total is much less than the combined totals in Impact and Siptu.

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