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Haddington Road Agreement. Reasons to vote NO. The Story So Far Cuts and erosion of conditions since 2008. Timeline. 2008: Scrapping of ‘ Three Strands ’ early retirement scheme March 2009: moratorium (ban) on promotion to Post Of Responsibility

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haddington road agreement

Haddington Road Agreement

Reasons to vote NO

The Story So Far

Cuts and erosion of conditions since 2008

  • 2008: Scrapping of ‘Three Strands’ early retirement scheme
  • March 2009: moratorium (ban) on promotion to Post Of Responsibility
  • An average of 7.5% pay cut in the form of the public service pension levy
  • Non-payment of a 3.5% pay increase due on 1st September under Towards 2016
  • January 2010: a pay cut averaging 6.5% (public sector pay cut)
  • Non-payment of a 2.5% pay increase due on 1st June under Towards 2016
  • 4% cut in pensions for retired teachers
  • January 2011 : reduction in allowance from €1,769 to €1,592 for teachers taking up S&S
  • February 2011: Croke Park 1 accepted in second ballot
    • An additional 33 hours of unpaid non-teaching work per year (from April)
  • An extra rota period for S&S
    • Teacher obliged to provide cover when another teacher has taken their class out of the school
  • Protection of pre-2011 ‘serving teachers’ from further pay cuts under Croke Park 1 excluded new entrants and led to an additional pay cut of 10% for new entrants from January
  • February 2012: increase in hours from 37 to 49 for teachers taking up S&S
  • Abolition of qualification allowances for new beneficiaries
  • January 2013: new inferior sick pay arrangements (full salary for 6 months and half for further 6 months has been reduced to full salary for 3 months and half for further 3 months)
  • New career-average pension scheme for new entrants and teachers returning to the profession (leaving such teachers with less than they paid into the scheme – Trident Report)
  • July 2013: pay cuts of 5.5% to 8% for teachers on ‘high pay’ (over €65,000)
  • Up to 5% cut in pensions above €32,500
  • Three-year increment freeze
  • All of these cuts since July broke the commitment under Croke Park 1 not to cut pay before 2014
  • By cutting pay and freezing increments the Govt has breached the Public Service Agreement 2010-2014 (Croke Park 1).
  • A vote for the Haddington Road Agreement is a vote for continued compliance with Croke Park 1.

• Haddington Road includes all the negative conditions of Croke Park 1, such as the 33 hours.

• Croke Park 1 promises were not kept (e.g. the promise not to cut pay and the promise to use the savings from the Agreement to increase the

salary of those earning less than €35,000).


Typical teacher’s timetable

Opted out of S&S

Opted in to S&S

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S&S: Contract
  • S&S proposals change teachers’ contracts indefinitely (even beyond the agreement)
  • S&S will be unpaid and compulsory for the majority of teachers (“The duties continue to be performed indefinitely”, H.R.A. p. 29)
  • Teachers for whom S&S is compulsory will have to do this work until retirement

• The S&S weekly limit increases from 1.5 hours to 3 hours

- e.g. this could mean a maximum of 50 minutes supervision and three 40 minute classes of substitution in a particular week.

• The annual S&S limit increases from 37 hours to 43 hours for most teachers

• Teachers will be rostered for 5 periods of S&S instead of 3 periods per week leaving teachers with very few periods for class preparation

  • The promise of S&S pay restoration would be considered in the context of future pay negotiations which could include further productivity demands.

• “Such payments to be considered in any future pay negotiation arrangements in respect of teachers. The duties continue to be performed indefinitely” (H.R.A p29).

• This payment is not ‘restoration’ if it is to be conditional on teachers being asked to deliver more in return.

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S&S: Opt-out
  • Opt-out option extremely limited
    • To opt out, a teacher must not have been doing S&S on a pensionable basis in 2012/2013.
  • So at least 70% of ASTI members will not have the option.
  • Discriminatory and divisive
  • For most teachers who opt out of S&S, the additional payment of €1,592, if paid, will not compensate for the loss of the €1,769 current payment.
  • The increased hours requirement for S&S will lead to less time for class preparation, which will impact on teaching and learning.
croke park hours
Croke Park Hours

• 33-hour requirement would continue

(They haven’t gone away, you know!)

  • Should have ended when the Government broke the Croke Park Agreement by cutting pay.
what this means
What this means..


  • Croke Park 1 33
  • S&S 43
  • 3 Evening PTMs (previous pay deal) 9
  • 3 x 1 hr Evening Staff Meetings (previous pay deal) 3
  • TOTAL (and counting) 88
  • This equates to an extra 4 WEEKS’ work per year for nothing!!!
compliance with reform
Compliance with Reform
  • The Haddington Road Agreement would limit our ability to resist unacceptable curricular change and extra workload imposed through initiatives.

• Cooperation with change and reform measures will be required.

industrial action restrictions
Industrial Action Restrictions

• Freedom to take industrial action will be limited (see Public Service Agreement 2010-2014, pages 9-10).

• A limit on industrial action would tie our hands and limit our ability to respond to further attacks on our pay and conditions.

• Croke Park 1 limited our ability to respond to pay cuts and worsened conditions for NQTs.

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Industrial Action Restrictions
  • For those teachers for whom S&S would be contractual, withdrawal from S&S would constitute industrial action
post of responsibility alleviation
Post of Responsibility Alleviation
  • Special duties posts will continue to be lost despite the alleviation of the posts of responsibility moratorium.
  • A full restoration of the post system is required.
  • Substantially fewer hours available for part-time teachers (including teachers with CID contracts with fewer than full hours and unemployed teachers).
  • Such hours are of vital importance for NQTs to help make up the 300 hours necessary for full registration with the Teaching Council.
  • The new entrants’ salary scale revision will not redress the imbalance between those who entered pre and post 2011.
  • The Haddington Road Agreement only reduces the new entrants’ pay gap from 10% to approximately 7% (based on average earnings over the first 25 years teaching).
expert group on part time temporary teaching
Expert Group on Part-time / Temporary Teaching
  • Recommendations of previous expert groups (Report of the Expert Group on the Allocation of Teachers to Second Level Schools, 2001 and the Report of the National Pilot Project on Teacher Induction, 2006) were never fully implemented
  • Specific proposals for addressing the pay and conditions of non-permanent teachers are required
  • The proposed panel for fixed-term teachers and the reduction from 4 years to 3 years for CID eligibility are a totally inadequate solution for the teacher casualisation problem as a much firmer commitment is needed.
  • “Such teachers now represent 29% of the entire second level teaching workforce”. (Teachers’ Voice, ASTI 2013, P34).
  • The HRA would also reaffirm the commitment from Croke Park 1 of support for Jobbridge, whereby employees may be paid €50 per week on top of their Social Protection payment instead of full salary.
junior cycle reform
Junior Cycle Reform
  • The Junior Cycle Working Group is independent of HRA and will not be affected by the rejection of HRA.
  • A ‘No’ vote allows ASTI to continue its industrial action, including a ban on attendance at Junior Cycle CPD
  • Conditions once lost will almost certainly never return
  • Enough is enough
  • Croke Park broken early
    • What is there to stop the same thing happening again??
  • Ensure the same message gets through at the THIRD time of asking by….
Voting NO to

Haddington Road