Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 14/10/2016. Tags: Teachers Parenting Education And Politics
The ASTI has announced industrial action including withdrawal from supervision and substitution and strike action to take place in the coming weeks. The announcement follows yesterday’s ballot results in which the overwhelming majority of ASTI teachers voted in favour of industrial action.
ASTI members will engage in strike action on the following dates: Thursday, October 27th
Tuesday, November 8th
Wednesday, November 16th
Thursday, November 24th
Tuesday, November 29th
Tuesday, December 6th
Wednesday, December 7th
Commenting on the announcement ASTI President Ed Byrne said: “Recently qualified teachers spend five to six years training, including obtaining the required Master’s qualification for teaching at second-level. They are then expected to teach alongside colleagues who have completely different pay arrangements for their entire careers. The sense of injustice amongst all teachers is palpable. ASTI members are committed to achieving equal pay for equal work for all teachers.”
Withdrawal from supervision and substitution
78% of ASTI members have voted in favour of withdrawal from supervision and substitution over the worsening of members’ terms and conditions following the ASTI’s rejection of the Lansdowne Road Agreement.
ASTI members’ terms and conditions were worsened in July 2016. ASTI announced its intention to ballot on withdrawal from supervision and substitution on September 3rd.
ASTI members will withdraw from supervision and substitution work from Monday, November 7th.
“ASTI members’ democratic decision to reject the Lansdowne Road Agreement was met with an extreme and hostile reaction by the Government, including targeting young teachers’ access to job security,” said Mr Byrne. “Teachers are reluctant to take industrial action or to interrupt the running of schools in anyway. However, we have flagged our serious issues well in advance and remain available and committed to a resolution through talks without pre-conditions.”
The ASTI is Ireland’s largest second-level teachers’ union with 17,500 members teaching in more than 520 schools nationwide.
Source: ASTI Press Release