Sunday 18 February 2018

Teacher leaders in talks over pay ballot

Katherine Donnelly and Martin Frawley

SECONDARY teacher leaders will meet next week in a move that could lead to a belated decision to ballot their members on the Haddington Road pay and productivity agreement.

The Association of Secondary Teachers Ireland (ASTI) and the Teachers Union of Ireland (TUI) caused a storm when they announced they were not putting the pay deal to a vote, because they didn't regard it as a "final offer".

The Irish National Teachers Organisation (INTO) has already asked its members to vote Yes in a ballot that ends on Monday.

Meanwhile, the Irish Federation of University Teachers (IFUT) has decided to ballot its members, but with a recommendation to reject. IFUT general secretary Mike Jennings said that the decision was down to "distrust of government".

If the ASTI and TUI do decide to go ahead with ballots, they cannot now take place until teachers are back at work in September.

Both of the unions previously warned that they would respond with industrial action, up to and including strikes, from September if pay cuts go ahead over the summer.

Irish Independent

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