irishblog.jpg  Irish Teachers Protesting Members of the Irish primary teachers' union INTO voted overwhelmingly for strike action earlier this month and were due to come out on strike on March 30th The plan was to follow the strike with a possible work to rule. Teachers are angry that they are being forced to pay a levy on their pensions which will effectively mean a pay cut. Some teachers are set to lose as much as 20% of their salary. Their leaders complain that the government 'has walked away from the social partnership' in the wake of the economic crisis which is hitting Ireland. The union leaders said that they would go ahead with the action unless the government re-engaged with the Irish Congress of Trade Unions (ICTU) on a recovery package based on 'fairness and equity.' The teachers' strike which was to have been co-ordinated with action by other public sector workers has now been deferred as the government has agreed to re-enter talks with the ICTU about the crisis.