Unite ELT information week kicks off with Oireachtas briefing

English Language Teachers to inform QQI conference delegates about precarious working conditions

unite-white-out-of-redNovember 21st: As part of its campaign to secure decent working conditions for English Language Teachers, trade union Unite – which represents over 150 ELT teachers – this afternoon briefed Oireachtas members on their concerns and the measures being sought by the union.  Tomorrow (Wednesday November 22nd), English Language Teachers will be outside Croke Park handing out leaflets to those attending the QQI English Language Education conference. QQI (Quality and Qualifications Ireland) is an independent State agency responsible for promoting quality and accountability in education and training services in Ireland.

Commenting, Unite Regional Organiser Roy Hassey said:

“The English Language Teaching sector is booming on the backs of workers. The use of precarious work practices, including bogus self-employment, is helping maximise profits while denying teachers the security of decent work.

“This afternoon, as part of our Unite ELT Information Week, Unite briefed TDs and Senators on the issues facing English Language Teachers and our concerns regarding the forthcoming Quality Assurance (Amendment) Bill which will facilitate language schools to obtain an International Education Mark – whereas many colleges would be better advised to strive for a Fair Employment Mark.

“Unite will continue lobbying to ensure that the legislation covers workers’ rights as well as learning standards.

“All stakeholders in the ELT sector need to be fully briefed on English Language Teachers’ concerns, which is why we will be handing out information leaflets at tomorrow’s QQI English Language Education conference being held in Croke Park.

“ELT is a growth sector, but it can only fulfil its potential if English Language Teaching is seen as a viable career option offering decent terms and conditions”, Roy Hassey concluded.

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