INTO tells members to accept new deal

Union leaders describe pay proposal as “unlike any other”

The leadership of the Irish National Teachers’ Organisation (INTO) this evening said it will be recommending their members accept the revised Croke Park II proposals agreed upon with the Labour Relations Commission.

The leadership of the Irish National Teachers’ Organisation (INTO) this evening said it will be recommending their members accept the revised Croke Park II proposals agreed upon with the Labour Relations Commission.

 

The leadership of the Irish National Teachers’ Organisation (INTO) said it will be recommending their members accept the revised Croke Park II proposals agreed upon with the Labour Relations Commission.

In a statement tonight, the union said the revised proposals contain a promised alleviation on the proposal to abolish completely the supervision and substitution allowance for all teachers. Under the new proposals, the payment will be reinstated in two phases in 2016 and 2017.

The new proposals also reduce the occasions on which teachers are expected to provide cover for absent colleagues, said the statement. Proposals to cut back on cover were seen as a key issue behind the original rejection.

“All certified sick leave will be covered as will bereavement leave. Potential gains in the original proposals have been fully retained such as the improved scales for newly qualified teachers.”

INTO general secretary Sheila Nunan said it was “the clear view” of the executive that the new proposals were better than the government’s alternative proposals.