Thousands of teachers are set to strike early next month in their ongoing dispute over pay inequality.

The Teacher’s Union of Ireland (TUI) said under the current system, teachers employed after January 2011 are set to earn around €110,000 less than their longer-serving colleagues over the course of their careers.

It said they will earn over €50,000 less in the first ten years of their careers, “when key life choices are made.”

The union’s 19,000 members will down tools on Tuesday February 4th.

The February 4th strike date comes just four days before the public goes to the polls to choose the next Government of Ireland.

The following day, Wednesday the 5th, thousands of childcare workers and their parents are expected to join a national protest march over the worsening childcare crisis in Ireland.

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