Sinn Féin spokesperson for the arts, youth affairs and LGBTQI rights, Senator Fintan Warfield, speaking on today’s ASTI strike has called on government to end pay disparity.

Senator Warfield said:

“Since the two-tier pay system was initiated for new entry teachers, it has seen our graduate teachers leave to Britain, Dubai, Australia and elsewhere.

“Young teachers who have found opportunities at home have been subject to lower salaries with equal responsibility, with an ASTI teacher starting on €8,000 less than those who started teaching in 2010.

“Nothing less than pay equalisation is acceptable.

“Sinn Féin send our solidarity to the teachers striking today and call on Government to initiate a Roadmap to Equal Pay for Equal Work without delay.”