Saturday 21 October 2017

The four areas in which the union is waging its battle

A ballot is to be conducted between now and mid-October on possible strike action over two-tier pay scales
A ballot is to be conducted between now and mid-October on possible strike action over two-tier pay scales
Katherine Donnelly

Katherine Donnelly

The ASTI has issued a number of directives currently in effect in its schools, including a ban on 'acting up' in posts of responsibility and not doing the 33 'Croke Park hours'. This is affecting school planning and could reduce the number of parent-teacher meetings held in the current school year.

Refusal to co-operate with junior cycle reform means that ASTI teachers have not been trained in the new syllabuses in English, Science and Business Studies being taught in the junior cycle this September.

It also means that pupils in ASTI schools are not doing classroom-based assessments, which could mean a loss of marks.

A ballot is to be conducted between now and mid-October on possible strike action over two-tier pay scales

A second ballot, also to be conducted between now and mid-October, seeks support for a withdrawal from supervision and substitution work in ASTI schools.

This would mean that schools would have to close because they would not have cover in the event of teacher absence or for supervision at break times.

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