Unions to picket teacher training
TEACHER unions are taking to the picket lines again over Junior Cert reform - and the next targets are training seminars for teachers of English.
Education Minister Jan O'Sullivan is re-starting training despite a ban by the Association of Secondary Teachers' Ireland (ASTI) and the Teachers' Union of Ireland (TUI) on member participation.
Training is due to start in mid-April and, in a change from traditional practice, principals have been asked to issue invitations to named teachers, which, according to one source, has made individual teachers feel vulnerable.
A new letter from the unions, to teachers of English and principals, advises that the existing directive gives protection under the Industrial Relations Act and that they "must decline the invitation"
But, as a further protective measure, the unions say they will picket the seminars.