Tuesday 25 July 2017

John Walshe: Union's 'unlikely radicals' are at a crossroads, but further strike action may inflame public opinion

'They will find themselves in the political and union cold if they reject the ‘final package’' (Stock picture)
'They will find themselves in the political and union cold if they reject the ‘final package’' (Stock picture)

John Walshe

They've been called the "Unlikely Radicals", but this month, the members of the ASTI are at a crossroads.

Will they vote to rejoin their trade union colleagues in fighting for a successor to the Lansdowne Road Agreement (LRA) or return to the wilderness they languished in during the noughties, when they vainly pursued a 30pc pay claim?

The reality is that they will find themselves in the political and union cold again if they reject the Government's 'final' package that they are balloting on this month. A 'no' vote will mean both new and current ASTI members will continue to earn less than their counterparts in the INTO and TUI, some of whom work side by side in the same schools.

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