Friday 9 December 2016

Last chance for teacher's union as Government issue 'final offer'

Published 30/11/2016 | 19:11

Photo: Damien Eagers
Photo: Damien Eagers

The Association of Secondary Teachers’ Ireland (ASTI) is holding a meeting of its 180-member central executive council on Saturday to consider proposals aimed at ending the various disputes in which the union is engaged.

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Documents that emerged from a talks process under the auspices of the Teachers’ Conciliation Council were considered by the 23-member ASTI Standing Committee today, but no decision was made regarding the proposals.

The documents deal with a range of issues around terms and conditions arising from the ASTI’s rejection of the Lansdowne Road Agreement (LRA), disputes over which closed hundreds of schools in recent weeks .

A new opportunity for teachers to opt in, or opt out, of supervision and substitution duties on a permanent basis, is offered, but otherwise the proposals amount to a repackaging of what has already been accepted by other teacher unions, with no additional cost implications for the Government.

The ASTI has been told that the proposals represent the “final offer” from the Government side.

Saturday’s meeting will decide whether to put the proposals to ballots of ASTI members.

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