A LEADER of secondary teachers has warned that they are heading for “open dispute” with the Government if it pushes through pay cuts and redundancies despite unions rejecting Croke Park II proposals.
There was strong condemnation of the pay and productivity proposals at the opening session of the Association of Secondary Teachers Ireland (ASTI) annual conference.
The ASTI has already recommended a “no” vote in the ballot of members, due to be concluded on April 12, and if the mood of today’s debate is a yardstick, rejection appears certain.
Only one speaker favoured accepting the deal negotiated at the Labour Relations Commission (LRC) and fewer than a handful of delegates ultimately voted against the motion from the ASTI leadership to reject it.
ASTI general secretary Pat King said if ICTU Public Services Committee accepted the proposals and the ASTI did not , the union would have important decisions to make about what to do next.
“It may be that we are heading for an open dispute with Governmet, that is if the Government pushes on with its pay cuts and threat to pull the plug on its Corke Park 1 guarantess on pay and redundancies" he said.