Saturday 18 November 2017

ASTI 'willing to talk until the cows come home' ahead of planned September strike action

Kieran Christie, new general secretary of ASTI
Kieran Christie, new general secretary of ASTI Newsdesk Newsdesk

ASTI's General Secretary has said that there is considerable time before the planned September strike action for negotiations around junior cycle reform to take place.

Kieran Christie of the Association of Secondary Teachers, Ireland told RTE's 'Today with Sean O'Rourke' that ASTI are willing to "talk until the cows come home" to reach a resolution.

The ASTI's Standing Committee is planning a series of one-day strike from September as part of its ongoing campaign of resistance to the changes in teaching and learning.

If the stoppages go ahead they will close up to 500 schools.

Around 1,800 delegates of three teachers unions - ASTI, INTO and TUI - are attending annual conferences in Wexford, Cork and Killarney.

Items on the agendas include the equalisation of salary scales, the impact of cuts at third level and the planned strike action in September over junior cycle reform.

Earlier this month, Education Minister Jan O'Sullivan described ASTI's planned strike action as unwarranted and regressive.

Ms O'Sullivan said she was “deeply disappointed that the ASTI has chosen to threaten further inconvenience to students and parents through a series of one day strikes over junior cycle reform.

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