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Poll: Would you support a teachers' strike if Croke Park 2 comes in without consent?

The Teachers’ Union of Ireland is balloting over a strike if its members, who have rejected the deal, are bound by it anyway.

Primary school teachers holding a strike in 2008. Second and third-level teachers are considering a strike if the Croke Park 2 deal is applied to them despite their rejection of it.
Primary school teachers holding a strike in 2008. Second and third-level teachers are considering a strike if the Croke Park 2 deal is applied to them despite their rejection of it.
Image: Julien Behal/PA Archive

A TRADE UNION representing second and third-level teachers is to ballot its members on whether to go on strike if the Croke Park 2 pay proposals are implemented without their consent.

Members of the Teachers’ Union of Ireland voted against the proposals by a significant margin, but could find the deal – which includes pay cuts for anyone earning over €65,000 a year, and increment freezes for most workers – imposed on them anyway if it is adopted by a majority of public unions.

Because the proposals were agreed by the public sector committee of the Irish Congress of Trade Unions, which will hold a weighted vote among unions to approve them, a series of smaller unions who reject the deal could find their say outweighed by the support of bigger unions.

This morning, we’re asking whether you think that system is fair – and whether all public workers should be grouped together – or whether the stance of individual unions should be taken into account.

So: Would you support a strike by teachers if the Croke Park 2 proposals are applied to them, even though they have already rejected it?


Poll Results:

No (3598)
Yes (1868)
I'm not sure (1566)



Read: Teachers’ union votes to reject further talks on Croke Park 2

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