Teachers to walk out on fourth day of new school year
Federation of Secondary Schoolteachers (Olme) asks the government how schools can be expected to operate with 16,000 fewer teachers, with classrooms with 27 to 30 pupils and slashed budgets
“Enough is enough” says this placard, held by a teacher at a rally in July (Photo: Reuters)Secondary schoolteachers have decided to start rolling, five-day strike from Monday 16 September, in protest at the government’s so-called mobility scheme that will see thousands of teachers sacked or transferred to other jobs in the public service.
The decision the new school year will begin as scheduled on Wednesday 11 September.
In a statement issued on Monday night, the Federation of Secondary Schoolteachers (Olme) asked the government how schools can be expected to operate with 16,000 fewer teachers and with classrooms with 27 to 30 pupils.
Olme also hightlighted that there are hundreds of teachers who, because of recent changes in the law, do not know what subjects they will be teaching this year or where they will be teaching.
“How can schools operate when their operating costs have been reduced by 60%,” the federation claims.
It invited parents and pupils to “join the massive rivers of people that will flood the streets and achieve victory”.
Opposition to the mobility scheme has also led to third-level administrative staff going on strike and university senates shutting down colleges.