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Thursday 17 April 2014

ASTI accepts Haddington Road deal

Secondary teachers have accepted the Haddington Road pay and productivity deal in a move that will avoid chaos in hundreds of schools in January.

The Association of Secondary Teachers Ireland (ASTI) has voted 57-43  in favour of accepting the agreement, the union announced today.

The result means that ASTI members will comply with the terms of the Haddington Road Agreement, including carrying out supervision and substitution duties, and for no pay.

In the absence of agreement, supervision and substitution was the issue threatening to trigger a stand off between the Government and the ASTI from January.

The Government had set Friday January 17 as the deadline for all ASTI  members signing up for unpaid supervision and substitution work, regardless of the outcome of the ballot.

If the ASTI members refused, about 500 schools where the union represents all or most of the teaching staff would have closed on health and safety grounds, and teachers removed from the payroll.

Katherine Donnelly, Education Editor

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