Schools could close as result of latest teachers' union vote
Members of the secondary teachers’ union, the ASTI, have voted to stop working the 33 Croke Park hours from September, in a move that could close schools.
The Department of Education has already warned that withdrawal from working the hours will have serious consequences.
The ASTI has already rejected the Lansdowne Road pay and productivity agreement and this ballot result is a further hardening of their position.
If they are outside the Lansdowne Road Agreement – and also refuse to carry out certain duties - they will miss out on pay restoration measures and lose certain protections.
For instance, and some teachers could face compulsory redundancy.
A spokesperson for Education Minister Richard Bruton warned of the implications for individual teachers. He warned of major disruption for students and schools in September, if the ASTI refuses to work the 33 hours.