ASTI to continue industrial action
ASTI leaders have confirmed that various forms of industrial action will continue in about 500 schools following their members' rejection of the latest proposals on pay and junior cycle reform last week.
The 23-member governing body of the Association of Secondary Teachers' Ireland (ASTI) met yesterday to consider its position.
The union has no immediate plans for work stoppages but current action is interfering with the working of schools, including their ability to hold the full schedule of parent teacher meetings.
The lack of co-operation on junior cycle reform places a question mark over whether about 35,000 third-year students, taught by ASTI members, will be able to sit a school-based assessment, worth 10pc of the marks for the Junior Cert English exam.
The union has also threatened to ballot for industrial action if there is any threat of redundancy to any ASTI member as a result of the union not signing up for the Lansdowne Road Pay Agreement.
The surprise development will provide comfort to students and their parents.
About 25,000 third-year pupils, whose teachers are not in ASTI, completed the 80-minute classroom-based assessment in December, but ASTI banned its members from co-operation with it.