Friday 19 January 2018

ASTI members to continue industrial action as Junior Cert proposals rejected

Education Minister Jan O'Sullivan
Education Minister Jan O'Sullivan
Katherine Donnelly

Katherine Donnelly

The Association of Secondary Teachers’ Ireland (ASTI) will continue its ban on training for changes to the Junior Cert following members’ vote to reject the deal agreed with Education Minister Jan O’Sullivan in July.

ASTI members rejected the proposals in a ballot by 55pc – 45pc, in a ballot in which 38pc of members voted.

The other second-level teachers union, the Teachers’ Union of Ireland (TUI) accepted the package by 69pc-31pc.

Training of teachers was expected to restart in the middle of October, but the ASTI vote has thrown those plans into turmoil.

The immediate focus of the training programme was to prepare teachers of English for a new in-class assessment of second years next spring.

As well as rejecting the deal, members also balloted to continue industrial action, a move ratified by the union’s powerful Standing Committee today.

Union president Maire Ni Chairba said the ballot result reflected a need by members  for further clarity, and  a lack of  trust in the Government to deliver the resources necessary for change.

Ms. Ní Chiarba added that the union will engage intensively with its members on the issues of most concern to them.

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