Teacher unions back in talks on Croke Park deal
DIVIDED teacher unions are back in separate talks with the Department of Education over the controversial Croke Park pay and reform package.
Although the deal was accepted by an overall majority of public sector unions, second-level teachers, members of the Association of Secondary Teachers Ireland (ASTI) and the Teachers' Union of Ireland (TUI) rejected it. However, ASTI general secretary designate Pat King said they met department officials on Wednesday and both sides put their respective positions.
"Our members have rejected the deal but we are willing to talk about it. We are trying to clarify issues".
And TUI general secretary Peter MacMenamin confirmed that they had also met the department yesterday and advised officials of the position of their members.