Friday 28 October 2016

ASTI 'won't be bound' by majority union decision to accept terms of Lansdowne Road Agreement

Published 15/10/2015 | 18:33

ASTI president Máire G. Ní Chiarba (right)
ASTI president Máire G. Ní Chiarba (right)

The Association of Secondary Teachers’ Ireland (ASTI) has said it will not be bound by the majority decision of public service unions to accept the terms of the Lansdowne Road Agreement (LRA).

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The decision, taken by the union’s 23-member Standing Committee, comes in the wake of the vote by ASTI  members to reject the deal.

Members of the other second-level teachers’ union, the Teachers’ Union of Ireland (TUI)  have also voted ‘no’ to the deal, and the TUI executive meets tomorrow to consider its next move.

Read more: ASTI and TUI vote to reject Lansdowne Road Agreement proposals

The two unions “no” votes are out of step with the majority of unions covered by the Public Services Committee of the Irish Congress of Trades Union (ICTU) which have accepted the LRA.

The LRA provides for the phased restoration of some austerity era pay cuts over two years, starting in January.

A decision by the ASTI – and potentially the TUI -  not to be bound by  the majority ICTU decision – leaves members vulnerable to not receiving increments due from next Spring or the  restoration of payments  for supervision and substitution work, provided for in the LRA.

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