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3rd February 2017The ASTI members have voted to reject the ‘Outcome of Talks’ proposals. In a ballot of the union’s 18,300 members, members voted by 52.5% to 47.5% to reject the proposals from the Department of Education and Skills. The ASTI’s 23-member Standing Committee meets next week to consider the outcome of the ballot.

12th January 2017The ASTI will distribute ballot papers to its members from next week. The union’s Central Executive Council is recommending that ASTI members reject the proposals. The deadline for return of completed ballot papers to ASTI head office is February 1st, with the result of the ballot expected on Thursday, February 2nd.

3rd December 2016ASTI members urged to reject Department proposals in ballot. The decision to hold a ballot was taken by the ASTI Central Executive Council (CEC) today. The CEC is recommending that members reject the proposals. The union will continue to defer its industrial action pending the outcome of the ballot. The ballot will take place in January 2017. 

29th November 2016Media outlets are reporting a possible breakthrough in the ASTI dispute. Talks broke up at 1am this morning. It is reported that a special meeting of the ASTI's Standing Committee has beened called for tomorrow to consider proposals set out in a document aimed at ending the dispute.

25th November 2016Talks are continuing between the parties and are likely to do so until the end of November. The discussions remain confidential. However separately, the ASTI has written to schools dropping its ban on principals co-operating with contingency plans to keeps schools open. This means it is less likely schools will close indefinitely if industrial action resumes. Read more here

9th November 2016All secondary schools to re-open 9th November. In a statement the ASTI said the Chair of the Teachers' Conciliation Council, Anna Perry, invited them to enter talks to explore possibilities to end the current industrial relations disputes. The ASTI have accepted the invitation and have suspended industrial action to facilitate the process. Read more here

The ASTI and Dept of Education met separately with the head of the Teachers' Conciliation Council this afternoon. The meetings were adjourned and are scheduled to resume tomorrow.

8th November 2016Second of seven one day ASTI strikes related to equal pay issue for more recently qualified teachers.. If your school was closed on Thursday before the mid-term (27th) , it is likely to be closed again today (8th).

7th November 2016Almost 60% of secondary schools remain closed as ASTI teachers withdraw from supervision of students during break times.
Talks between the ASTI and Department of Education are expected to continue this week but there has been no progress reported to date. No talks took place today

6th November 20166.15pm - no reported progress in talks which are still continuing this evening. Industrial action expected to proceed tomorrow. RTE 6 o'clock news advised that the Examinations Commission has stated that students who were due to submit Leaving Cert Home Economics projects tomorrow should do so on the first day their school's re-open.

7pm - ASTI issues statement confirming  that tomorrow’s planned withdrawal from supervision and substitution will go ahead  - read statement here

5th November 2016Talks between the ASTI and the Department have concluded for the evening with no sign of a break through. Talks are scheduled to resume again tomorrow but with no sign of a break through it's expected that up to 60% of secondary schools will remain closed on Monday. The planned one day strike scheduled for Tuesday will affect even more schools.
4th November 2016Talks took place again today but no progress reported. The Association of Secondary Teachers in Ireland issued a statement reiterating its intention to withdraw from the supervision of students from next week.

1st/2nd/3rd November 2016
Ongoing talks between ASTI and the Department of Education aimed at resolving dispute continue.
ASTI guidance to members should industrial action proceed can be viewed here

28th October 2016No progress reported at talks between Dept of Education and ASTI today. Senior Department of Education officials and ASTI leaders will hold meetings on Tuesday (1st Nov) and Wednesday (2nd Nov), after the bank holiday weekend.

27th October 2016Industrial Action goes ahead closing over 500 secondary schools

26th October 2016No progress reported at talks between Dept of Education and ASTI today. Strike to go ahead tomorrow Thursday 27th October. Talks to resume Friday 28th.

25th October 2016No positive outcomes reported from talks which took place today. Strike action still expected to proceed on Thursday 27th though further talks are scheduled for tomorrow 26th Oct.
A copy of the Circular Letter issued by the Dept of Education to schools re arrangements during the ASTI strike action is available here.

24th October 2016Little progress reported on talks which took place between ASTI and Dept of Education today. More talks are scheduled for tomorrow and wednesday.

21st October 2016TUI Executive met and have issued instructions to it's members that "no member of the TUI, including princpal teachers, deputy principal teachers and/or other post holders, may undertake work that is normally done by colleagues who are members of the ASTI. " A letter of guidance issued by the TUI to it's members can be viewed here
20th October 2016Regional meetings involving Principals from schools with teachers belonging to both the ASTI and TUI are to take place today and tomorrow.

19th October 2016ASTI met with Department of Educational and Skills representatives on Wednesday 19th October. Speaking on Newstalk, ASTI president ED Byrne said no progress was made and he expected school closures to go ahead on Thursday next (27th October). The talks, aimed at averting industrial action, will resume again next Monday, 24th October

19th October 2016Dept of Education & Skills advertise for Temporary Supervisors in Post Primary Schools. Supervisors will be paid at least €38 a day for two hours of work, with €19 for every additional hour, as part of contingency plans to keep schools open.