Teachers to go on strike over Junior Cert
Teachers objecting to Junior Cert changes are threatening a wave of one-day strikes that will close 500 schools, forcing 250,000 students to stay home.
The Association of Secondary Teachers' Ireland (ASTI) is ratcheting up its campaign of resistance against the reforms, with stoppages planned from September.
The other second-level teachers' union, the Teachers' Union of Ireland (TUI), has signed up for the new junior cycle and its members are currently being trained in the revised curriculum.
But ASTI hardliners are pushing a 'no compromise' stance and the union's powerful Standing Committee took the decision, in principle, on strike action this week.
Meanwhile, the Luas strike is off. The price of peace in the dispute is an estimated €4m, after a deal was brokered to ensure there was no strike during today's St Patrick's Day celebrations. The deal was hammered out over 27 hours of talks at the Workplace Relations Commission.