ireland2.jpg  Irish Public Sector Workers Demonstrating earlier this Year The three Irish teacher unions agreed on Friday to plan co-ordinated action - upto and including strike action in response to the Government's budget The three unions ASTI, INTO and TUI are proposing action including withdrawal of extra curricular activities and possible strike action in the new year.  The teachers will be joining with other public sector workers including police and civil servants who are all facing pay cuts. The government is attempting to cut £4 billion off public spending in response to the economic crisis which has hit the previously booming Irish economy hard. The spending cuts were agreed by the Fianna Fail/Green Party coalition which attempted to justify making public sector workers pay for the crisis. Paul Gogarty of the Green Party agreed that the budget changes were fundamentally unfair but necessary, and though he did not like them he was going to vote for them. INTO says that the average primary teacher's salary will be cut by 20% after this week's 6.5% pay cut. TUI has called the cuts 'retrogressive, savage and completely inequitable'. The action by the teachers and other public sector workers is the continuation of a campaign which involved teachers in strike action last month. (see previous posts)