FORMAL TALKS aimed at resolving the secondary teachers dispute open tomorrow.
The row has caused disruption to life in about two thirds of second-level schools.
Industrial action by the 17,000-member ASTI includes a ban on meetings outside school hours, forcing principals to hold them during class time.
The union started industrial action a month ago after rejecting the Haddington Road Agreement on pay cuts and productivity.
Union members were also angry about cuts in education and resources being made available for Junior Cert reform.
Tomorrow’s meeting follows background contacts between the ASTI and Department of Education.
The union has arranged a meeting of its executive council for Saturday to discuss developments.