Friday 2 December 2016

ASTI is marching its members towards their own destruction

Teachers need to take control of their union from Trotskyites bent on confrontation, writes Colm O'Rourke

Published 25/09/2016 | 02:30

Voice of reason: Pat King, ASTI’s former general secretary
Voice of reason: Pat King, ASTI’s former general secretary

Many people are wondering what is going on in the teaching profession, where two unions, the INTO and TUI, have accepted the Lansdowne Road agreement, while the ASTI remains outside. Even more so now, when two of the main roadblocks have been successfully negotiated by the other unions, namely restoration of pay and the differential in income for newly qualified teachers, which was wrong and is about to be phased out, even if the ASTI was very late to even bother taking up their case.

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Now the ASTI is on a further war path, with the threat of strike action looming. It wants to be treated differently from other teachers, doctors, nurses and other members of the public sector who may have had to swallow hard in the past but now see that pay restoration is at least starting.

Not so for the ASTI members and others who are not members of any trade union at all, but who are classified as such by virtue of working in schools which are dominated by ASTI members - an anomaly which will soon be tested as penalising people who do not wish to be associated with this action is a clear breach of their constitutional rights.

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