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Teachers to step up action if talks fail

John Walshe Education Editor

Published 20/03/2010 | 05:00

TEACHER unions will vote to step up their campaign over pay at their Easter conferences if current ICTU talks with the Government fail.

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Emergency motions will be tabled looking for tougher industrial action and strikes if there is no breakthrough within the next two weeks. Other actions could include withdrawal of all co-operation and a ban on non-contractual teaching duties.

Little progress has been made at the sectoral meeting attended this week by the Department of Education and seven unions -- ASTI, TUI, INTO, the Irish Federation of University Teachers, IMPACT, SIPTU and UNITE -- representing teachers, secretaries, special needs assistants, caretakers, administrators and others.

It is known that the department wants to push the items originally proposed on the reform agenda in December including a comprehensive review of employment contracts.

Irish Independent

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