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Tuesday 22 August 2017

ASTI to hold ballot next month on possible industrial action over redundancy

ASTI President Ed Byrne
ASTI President Ed Byrne
Katherine Donnelly

Katherine Donnelly

The ASTI will ballot next month on possible industrial action in the event that one of its members is threatened with redundancy from September.

The ballot will take place between May 8 and 18, ASTI president Ed Byrne said today.

There is no present threat of redundancy but ASTI members have lost the protection of redeployment if they become surplus to requirements in their school.

The protection has been withdrawn because the Association of Secondary Teachers' Ireland (ASTI) has rejected the Lansdowne Road Agreement (LRA) on pay and productivity.

The Department of Education is considering returns from schools on their teacher needs for next year which will determine whether there is a surplus in any school.

The potential for surpluses has been reduced this year because of rising student enrolments and the provision of extra staffing.

However, even if a surplus is identified, there  appears no appetite within the  Department of Education to act on it in the short term.

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