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Friday 9 December 2016

Hopes of averting teachers' strike fall as four hours of talks end without resolution

Katherine Donnelly Education Editor

Published 24/10/2016 | 17:40

The sides will meet again on Wednesday on the pay issue (stock photo)
The sides will meet again on Wednesday on the pay issue (stock photo)

Four hours of talks in the row over pay for secondary teachers ended today with no hope of averting Thursday’s one-day strike in about 500 schools.

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The Association of Secondary Teachers’ Ireland (ASTI) said  “a significant gap”  remained between its position and that of the Department of Education.

The sides will meet again on Wednesday on the pay issue, but there is no expectation that it will lead to a resolution.

Of greater concern even than  the one-day strike is the prospect that about 500 schools won’t re-open after the mid-term break if the ASTI embarks on the second leg of industrial action and withdraws from school supervision and substitution duties from November 7.

The Department of Education is  meeting school management bodies tomorrow to discuss arrangements to try to keep schools open after November 7.  However, even with schools’ best efforts to recruit external supervisors widespread closures are regarded as inevitanle.

Department of Education officials are  also meet the ASTI tomorrow to discuss  the union’s non-co-operation with junior cycle reform.

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