Teacher unions have warned that any cuts to allowances for established teachers would be regarded as a breach of the Croke Park deal on public service pay.
The proposals for entrants will see the creation of a new pay scale for entrants to teaching. They will no longer be part of the 25-point incremental scale used for all other teachers.
The proposal is likely to be contentious in the education area as it formalises a two-tier pay structure in teaching, one for established teachers and one for entrants.
Sheila Nunan, general secretary of the Irish National Teachers Organisation, last night described the proposal as a pay cut for new teachers which was “unacceptable and unfair”.
The Government has already targeted entrants to teaching by suspending the payment of allowances. As a result, entrants to teaching this week will earn about 30 per cent less than their colleagues who secured permanent jobs as recently as 2010.