Tuesday 24 April 2018

Teachers threaten industrial action over two-tier pay

An ASTI spokesperson said strike action cannot be 'ruled out' (stock photo)
An ASTI spokesperson said strike action cannot be 'ruled out' (stock photo)
Mark O'Regan

Mark O'Regan

Union chiefs have warned they could take industrial action if the two-tier pay structure in teaching is not eliminated.

The Association of Secondary Teachers in Ireland yesterday recommended that its 18,000 members should reject the new public service pay agreement. The union's 23-strong Standing Committee had already decided to recommend rejection of the pay proposals. The decision to recommend a No vote was carried by a margin of 63 votes to 59 with one abstention.

The pay proposals have already been rejected by the Irish National Teachers' Organisation in a ballot. The Teachers Union of Ireland is currently voting on them.

An ASTI spokesperson said strike action cannot be "ruled out".

"We're away from any decision in relation to strike action, or any other form of industrial action at the moment because we've taken the step to ballot our members on the issue of the pay agreement.

"However, we are a trade union, and industrial action is one of the things that we do if we feel that it's appropriate to further an issue for us, and further one of our campaigns.

"We'll have to see what the outcome of the ballot is before we consider our next step."

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