Kay O'Brien: Minister must talk with ASTI to resolve this row
Conflict in whatever form, comes with a price.
The current dispute between the Association of Secondary Teachers of Ireland (ASTI) and the Department of Education is no different.
Pressured with the vista of industrial unrest, the Government negotiated the Haddington Road Agreement with the trade union movement which ultimately received broad but reluctant support. However last August the ASTI rejected the agreement which subsequently led to industrial action that commenced last month. Around 16,000 teachers withdrew from after-school meetings and refused to do additional unpaid administrative work. As well as that, the ASTI stated that they would not cooperate with training for the new Junior Cycle programme.