According to teachers’ unions, teachers would prefer to see long-term investment in the education centre rather than a pandemic bonus.
Three teachers’ unions have stated that they would expect to be included in any discussions regarding the acknowledgement of workers’ contributions throughout the pandemic.
However, the unions have stated that they don’t want to be included in the pandemic bonus and have instead called for “acknowledgement” for their work during the Covid-19 pandemic.
A spokesperson for the Irish National Teachers’ Organisation (INTO) stated, “We have long called for health-care workers, and other essential workers, to be acknowledged for their critical role during the darkest of days and that’s what we will support at any discussions on this issue.”
The statement added that it would prefer to see long-term investment in primary and special schools rather than a temporary, personal financial reward.
“This budget is an obvious opportunity to recognise the great efforts of all education staff with tangible investment in our schools. This can be done by reducing our supersized classes, supporting our school leaders, funding our schools and guaranteeing access to a qualified teacher for every pupil,”.
“Our members have a profound sense of duty to the children in their care as they demonstrated throughout the last 18 months. We demand that the government deliver on their commitment to turn the tide on a decade of underinvestment.”
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