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Teachers planning school strike chaos in pay battle

TEACHERS are drawing up plans for rolling strikes and other forms of industrial action that will cause chaos in schools as they gear up for a battle with Government over threatened pay cuts.

The Irish Independent can reveal details of the options being considered by teaching unions if the Government presses ahead with pay cuts without agreement, following the rejection of the Croke Park II deal.

Strikes could close schools for one or more days at a time, while a possible ban on parent-teacher and other meetings outside school hours would result in pupils being sent home early.

Teachers may also withdraw from, or limit, supervision and substitution work. Such a move could force schools to close on health and safety grounds because of lack of cover.

The education system would be brought to its knees very quickly if teachers vote for, and implement, the range of options now under consideration.

Second-level unions have already confirmed that there was no threat to the Leaving Cert and Junior Cert exams.

Ballots of members are being organised as the Labour Relations Commission (LRC) seeks to break the deadlock between Government and unions.

The news emerged as low-paid civil servants in the CPSU voted unanimously for industrial action, including strike action, if their pay is cut.

And Irish Bank Officials Association (IBOA) staff at state-owned banks voted for strike action if the Government pushes ahead with plans for a 10pc pay cut.

Irish Independent