YOUNG TEACHER? GO, EMIGRATE BECAUSE WE DISCRIMINATE AGAINST YOU ON PAY
Recruitment agencies from the United Arab Emirates are in Dublin to snap up Irish teachers. We will soon face a teacher shortage just as we already face a nurses shortage because our government has an official policy of age discrimination.
* In 2011, the salaries of new entrants were cut by 10%.
* Allowances on the basic salary were also cut.
* New entrants started of the first point of the salary scale unlike older staff who started on the second.
It is estimated that a teacher who started in 2012 would lose out on €250,000 of pay over a 40 year period compared to one who started in 2010.
On top of this legal discrimination, many more young teachers and nurses are employed on temporary contracts. Graduate teachers will spend an average of 8 years on such contracts before getting permanent employment.
And we wonder why young graduates are fleeing to the UAE, Australia or London.
For more information – Cllr Bríd Smith- 087 909 0166