Monday 29 May 2017

Katherine Donnelly: For many, the price of current dispute is too high

ASTI members vote on a motion at the INEC, Killarney, on Wednesday. Photo: Don MacMonagle
ASTI members vote on a motion at the INEC, Killarney, on Wednesday. Photo: Don MacMonagle
Katherine Donnelly

Katherine Donnelly

United we stand is a familiar catchcry in the union movement. It is a call to members to stick together, because that gives you the best chance of winning a battle.

The other side of that is, of course, divided we fall.

The ASTI annual conference ended yesterday with a union deeply split, probably even more so than it was at the start of the week. A recent meeting of its executive heard that almost 450 members had resigned in the first three months of the year, an unusual pattern in a teachers' union.

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