Croke Park Deal Rejected By TUI

The Teachers Union of Ireland (TUI) has rejected the 'Croke Park Deal' on public service pay and reform.

Union members voted 75% in favour of rejecting the plan with a total of 10,222 votes cast.

Under the proposed deal the Government has given a commitment that there will be no further cuts in public sector pay until 2014 at least.

However, TUI general secretary Peter MacMenamin said the principal reason for the rejection was the "open-ended demand for renegotiation of contracts" of both second level teachers and third level lecturers together with the demand for an additional hour in both cases.

"The Executive Committee of TUI will consider the result at a meeting today and will vote according to the ballot result at the forthcoming meeting of the Public Services Committee of ICTU," he said.

Mr MaaMenamin added: "TUI has in the past indicated that it will not feel itself bound by any majority decision taken by the Public Services Committee, particularly in relation to issues concerning conditions of service. This position is reiterated today."

Meanwhile today, the Irish National Teachers Organisation (INTO) are also going to the ballot box over the deal, with their vote closing at 5pm today.

The INTO is currently in favour of the deal, claiming that in the absence of an agreement, it is the view of the there was a "real and substantial threat of further pay cuts".

If the deal is voted down the INTO's council said it would seek the support of members and the other Public Service Unions for a campaign of industrial action to prevent further pay cuts by the Government.


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