The motion also called for no further pay deals unless pay equalisation for all teachers has been achieved. A number of newly qualified teachers spoke passionately on the motion, explaining how they were unable to save for a house or qualify for a mortgage.
Orla Ní Fhoghlú, a 28-year-old primary schoolteacher in Harold’s Cross, Dublin, told the congress about how one bank offered her a €65,000 mortgage.
“You’ll get lots of numbers today in relation to newly qualified teachers pay,” she told the congress. “I’ll give you one for an absolute laugh. I’m 28-year-old. I can proudly say I’m actually in a permanent job despite my six months of teaching and I naively decided to go looking for a mortgage at 28 years of age being a post- graduate and a permanent teacher.
“When I heard this number I didn’t know whether to laugh or cry. Only one bank will actually give me mortgage approval and that said I’ll fail the stress test when I get to that point — €65,000 of a mortgage is what I’m entitled to across a 40-year period, ladies and gentlemen.”
Another speaker and newly qualified primary schoolteacher, Patricia Burke, said owning a house was a dream to her, something which she could only “aspire to gain”.
Dublin primary schoolteacher Louise Curtis said that, 100 years after the Rising, her peer group was being treated unequally.
“We are being discriminated against for the year we entered the career,” she said.