Sunday 22 October 2017

Teachers' union urges members to reject Haddington proposals

ASTI protest
ASTI protest
The Association of Secondary Teachers of Ireland (ASTI) has voted to reject the Haddington Road agreement and threatened a strike
Katherine Donnelly

Katherine Donnelly

THE Association of Secondary Teachers' Ireland (ASTI) is asking members to reject the latest proposals on the Haddington Road Agreement on pay and productivity in the public service.

The union's 180-member Central Executive Committee (CEC) agreed to put the package to a ballot of its 17,000 members – with a recommendation to vote against.

The ASTI said that while the new proposals contained a number of changes and new commitments in relation to teachers and education, members of the CEC expressed the view that second-level teachers were exasperated by the ongoing damage to second-level education and the teaching profession due to cuts and austerity measures.

"The view of the council is that the changes which emerged from the recent talks are not acceptable," the union stated after a day-long meeting in a Dublin hotel.

The ballot will take place over the coming weeks and it is the third vote by ASTI members this year on different versions of the package.

The ASTI is the only public service union to reject the agreement and last month it started a campaign of industrial action in support of its position, which has caused disruption to schools .

The industrial action, which includes a ban on meetings outside school hours, has forced the cancellation of some school events, or the closure of schools to allow for meetings to take place during the school day.

The union has also banned members from participating in teacher-training courses, including training for the new Junior Cycle English.

In a response, a Department of Education spokesperson said the union "has a decision to make and we will await that decision and consider its implications".

Sunday Independent

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