Teachers refusing to work extra hours may face pay increment freeze

Department of Education warns ASTI against breaking terms of pay deal

Teachers refusing to work extra hours may face pay increment freeze

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Secondary school teachers planning to stop working an extra 33 non-teaching hours a year from next September have been warned of potential financial consequences.

ASTI members voted last month against working the additional hours, which were introduced in austerity times as part of the Croke Park Agreement.

The measure was accepted by the union in 2011 in return for a government commitment to no compulsory redundancies or cuts to existing pay.

The Department of Education has now told the ASTI that teachers will face a freeze of pay increments and loss of protection against compulsory redundancy, among other measures, if they fail to comply with the agreement.

Supervision and substitution fees which were due to be restored in September may also not be paid, the department said in a letter seen by the Irish Times.

The ASTI has described the extra hours as “totally unproductive” time that diverts teachers away from core duties.

The union said after last month’s ballot that its members “want to be able to get on with their jobs, instead of having to waste time completing bureaucratic box-ticking exercises”.