Thursday 8 December 2016

Schools could close as result of latest teachers' union vote

Katherine Donnelly Education Editor

Published 19/05/2016 | 16:46

The Department of Education has already warned that withdrawal from working the hours will have serious consequences
The Department of Education has already warned that withdrawal from working the hours will have serious consequences

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.

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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.

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