One of the country's largest teachers unions is to ballot members on the Government's proposals for partial pay restoration.
The Central Executive Council of the Association of Secondary Teachers in Ireland met in Croke Park to discuss the plan, and announced a ballot will take place.
Under Government proposals announced last month, more than 60,000 public servants who have been on lower pay rates since 2011 are set to receive increases averaging more than €3,000.
But teacher unions including the TUI and ASTI have warned the proposals do not go far enough, as it does not include back-pay or allowances.
After today's meeting, ASTI President Breda Lynch said: "Teachers who entered the profession after 2010 are on different pay scales than their colleagues even though they have the same duties and responsibilities."
"While the proposed measure announced from the Department of Expenditure and Reform represents some progress, it does not achieve equal pay for equal work."
The ballot will take place over the coming weeks.
The Central Executive Council will not make a recommendation to members on how they should vote.