Tuesday 23 January 2018

TUI votes to accept Lansdowne Road Agreement following second ballot

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Katherine Donnelly

Katherine Donnelly

The Teachers’ Union of Ireland (TUI) has voted to accept the Lansdowne Road Agreement (LRA) following a second ballot.

The union has overturned a previous 'no' vote, after a revised deal was agreed in discussions with the Department of Education.

Members voted 63pc-37pc in favour, on a turnout of 57pc.

It means that the  Association of Secondary Teachers Ireland (ASTI)  is the only teachers’ union outside the LRA.

The ASTI is on a collision course with Government over its rejection of the deal, a dispute that could lead to school closures from September

A key issue in the TUI decision to ballot again, with a 'yes' recommendation this time, was a recent commitment to restore the value of an allowance to firefighters that was withdrawn in 2012.

The TUI was told that such a move set a precedent for other public servants, including newly qualified teachers, who lost allowances during the financial crisis.

The union said the agreement covered issues that which were not dealt with by the LRA,  and provided tangible concessions as well as additional stepping stones for further progress on workload, staffing and funding, terms and conditions, bureaucracy and professional autonomy.

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