Irish union fights for 30% rise

12th May 2000 at 01:00
ONE of Ireland's leading teaching unions has rejected a government offer of an 18.5 per cent pay increase over two and a half years and is threatening industrial action in support of a 30 per cent rise. The Irish Congress of Trade Unions had negotiated a 15.5 per cent increase for most public and private-sector employees, with 3 pr cent extra for teachers. But the Association of Secondary Teachers walked out of the congress in support of the 30 per cent claim, which has yet to be backed by two of the other largest unions. Teachers have complained that their salaries are not keeping pace with rocketing house prices and other graduate professions.

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