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Monday 19 March 2018

Solo teachers' strike will be tough sell

Katherine Donnelly

Katherine Donnelly

AS second-level teachers finish for the summer next week, they will have plenty of time to consider the scene in September if the row over pay is not resolved and they go ahead with their threat of industrial action.

We don't know how members of other public service unions reballoting on the proposals will view the deal, and it may be that some will reject it and offer numerical strength to the ASTI and TUI.

What is certain is that the two unions have decided that the latest proposals aren't sufficiently different from what was rejected to ask members to vote again at the moment.

Even if there was a change of heart at leadership level, it would be difficult if not impossible to ballot members before the legislation on pay cuts is passed, which the unions say will trigger their mandates for action in September.

So, as they watch during June, July and August, teachers will have plenty of opportunity to think about what to say to parents and students if school is disrupted in September, particularly if they alone are opposing the deal.

Irish Independent

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