Sunday 4 December 2016

Proposal document aims to avoid more industrial action by secondary teachers

Published 29/11/2016 | 10:39

Photo: Damien Eagers
Photo: Damien Eagers

Proposals aimed at avoiding a resumption of industrial action by secondary teachers are expected after talks adjourned early today.

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Teachers’ Conciliation Council chair, Ms Anna Perry is preparing a document for consideration by both sides.

Education Minister Richard Bruton confirmed today that a document was awaited, but made no comment on its contents.

The minister said talks still had some way to go and there was a considerable amount of work yet to be done.

The Association of Secondary Teachers’ Ireland (ASTI) suspended industrial action earlier this month to allow for the talks process.

The row between Government and ASTI, following the union’s rejection of the Lansdowne Road Agreement (LRA), resulted in one-day strikes and withdrawal from supervision and substitution duties.

Earlier this month industrial action by the ASTI closed about 500 schools, and the union suspended it to give space for peace talks, setting the end of November as a deadline.

Schools could be closed by industrial action again before Christmas if the ASTI does not accept the proposals emerging from the talks to date.

The ASTI governing body, its 23-member Standing Committee, will consider the document at a meeting tomorrow.

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