Students will be used as pawns in dispute
JUST three weeks into the new school term, parents are bracing themselves for disruption to their children's education. Secondary schools face an uncertain period with the threat of industrial action by the Association of Secondary Teachers Ireland (ASTI).
Pupils at two-thirds of all second-level schools are in the firing line as a result of the decision by the union to reject the public service pay cuts deal.
Not for the first time, ASTI is adopting an isolated stance with its rejection of the Haddington Road Agreement.