Saturday 21 April 2018

ASTI to put Junior cycle proposals to ballot with no recommendation on how to vote

Teachers the ASTI convention in Killarney, Co Kerry, last April
Teachers the ASTI convention in Killarney, Co Kerry, last April
Katherine Donnelly

Katherine Donnelly

The Association of Secondary Teachers Ireland (ASTI) is putting proposals on the new-style Junior Certificate to a ballot next month - but without a recommendation to members about how to vote.

A move by the union leadership to recommend a yes vote was defeated by margin of about 80-40 at a meeting of its 180-member central executive today.

Union activists who are opposed to the reforms - operating under an umbrella known as ASTI Fightback  - led the opposition to calling on members to vote in favour .

The executive of the other second level teachers' union,  the TUI, decided on Friday to urge support for the proposals

among its membership.

The leaderships of both unions had agreed a wording to be put to their executives stating that the proposals formed a basis for starting the reforms, which is what was accepted by the TUI.

Negotiations on the latest set of proposals concluded in July after a lengthy campaign by the teacher unions (ASTI and TUI) against some elements of the package

ASTI President Máire G. Ní Chiarba said it was "now up to teachers to examine these proposals to decide if they are a basis for commencing implementation of the revised Junior Cycle.”

The ballot will take place in September with the result expected on Thursday,

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