The Education Minister has acknowledged that teachers do have ‘legitimate’ pay claims.
Richard Bruton says he’s willing to respond to their demands for higher wages, but teachers can’t be the only public servants to get an increase.
The three main teaching unions are holding their annual conferences this week.
They’ve threatened strike action if salaries don’t improve and are putting particular emphasis on pay levels for new recruits and the restoration of recession cuts.
However Minister Bruton claims they have to be seen as part of a bigger picture.
Meanwhile, the Clare president-elect of the INTO says teachers’ patience with the government is wearing thin.
Corofin man Joe Killeen teaches in Gort – he says they’ll enter the talks optimistically and move on from there: