Monthly Archives: November 2014

Teacher unions frustrate reform of Irish education

Over the years the Irish teacher unions have demonstrated a remarkable ability to improve pay and conditions for their members. Periodic threats of industrial action, backed up with the possibility of an escalation to the ‘nuclear option’ (refusing to mark the Junior or Leaving Certificate examinations) have consistently won the day. As a result Irish post-primary teachers are now amongst the best paid in Europe and enjoy the developed world’s shortest working year : their schools remain closed for 198 days annually .
Having so successfully pursued their legitimate mandate, related to pay and conditions, teacher unions are now attempting … Continue reading...