Thousands of secondary teachers receive salary increase

ASTI members’ salaries jump by up to €2,500 after suspension of industrial action

ASTI president Ed Byrne at the union’s  convention last month. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

ASTI president Ed Byrne at the union’s convention last month. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

 

Thousands of secondary teachers who are members of the Association of Secondary Teachers, Ireland (ASTI) have today received salary increases worth thousands of euro.

This follows the union’s vote to suspend its long-running campaign of industrial action last month.

Most members have seen their annual salaries increase by between €1,796 and about €2,500. The union’s decision on June 10th to suspend industrial action paved the way for the restoration of payments which were frozen since the ASTI voted to cease working additional hours.

The salary increases include a payment of €796 for supervision and substitution cover, as well as a €1,000 pay increase which was provided to other public-sector workers earlier this year.

In addition, there has been a lifting of the freeze on the payment of increments to the ASTI’s 17,000 members.

Teachers hired since 2012 will also benefit from salary increases of between 15 and 22 per cent, while teachers earning in excess of €65,000 will receive the partial restoration of previous pay cuts.

The union is due to vote on the draft public sector pay deal in September, although its standing committee has advised that the union reject the new draft pay deal.