Leadership of the ASTI denounces public pay agreement
LEADERS OF the secondary teachers' union have come out strongly against the public service pay and reform proposals.
The ASTI's 23-member standing committee has declared: "Too many aspects of the agreement are unacceptable."
The strongly negative message from the ASTI committee cements the division within the ranks of the teacher unions to the controversial draft deal.
The formal ASTI response must await a meeting of its powerful decision-making body, 180-member central executive committee after the union's annual conference next week.
The executive of the Teachers Union of Ireland (TUI), which has members at second and third level, has rejected the package, while the Irish National Teachers Organisation (INTO) is recommending that its members accept it in a forthcoming ballot.
They are the first of the public service unions to react formally to the proposals, which guarantee no more pay cuts for four years. However, the reversal of existing cuts is not certain and would be contingent on major changes in work practices.
The draft deal will dominate the annual round of teaching union Easter conferences.
The proposals envisage teachers being required to work an extra hour per week, while agreeing a new contract with far-reaching consequences for their conditions of service.