Green Party Deputy Leader and Spokesperson for Education, Catherine Martin TD, today reiterated her call on the Government to commit to the principle of equal pay for equal work, as the issue once again came to the fore as 3 teaching unions held their annual conferences this week.
Speaking today, Deputy Martin said: “It is clear from the 3 teaching unions conferences that equal pay for equal work is still the burning issue for the teaching profession, and the prospect of strikes have been raised again.
“The Government has continually refused to commit to the principle of equal pay for equal work or even outlining a stated timeline for its implementation. Failure to commit to this basic principle threatens further strikes and disruption. The Green Party is calling for the Government to commit to the principle of equal pay for equal work for all public sector workers, from clerical officers to teachers.
“The Public Pay Commission must be directed to consider the issue of pay equality and a timeline of implementation must be published by Government.
“This is an issue of inter-generational discrimination and basic pay equality - the Government needs to urgently begin to address this. A commitment to equal pay for equal work and ending pay discrimination is essential.”