Posted by SchoolDays Newshound, on 14/10/2015. Tags: Education And Politics Teachers
A press statement from the ASTI today advises that it's members have rejected the Lansdowne Road Agreement proposals by 74% to 26%.
Commenting on the result, ASTI President Máire G. Ní Chiarba said the Agreement does not address the key concerns of teachers.
“Teachers have taken significant cuts in pay in recent years. Working conditions have deteriorated through a combination of reduced resources and additional demands on teachers’ time. Young teachers have been disproportionately affected due to the introduction of new pay scales and new pension arrangements. In addition, part-time teachers, who do not earn a full salary, will not benefit from the January 2016 pay increase”.
The ASTI Standing Committee will discuss the outcome of the ballot at its meeting later this week.
In the meantime, RTE has reported that training for teachers in the new Junior Cycle programme will begin in the first week in November despite the ASTI having rejected
It is expected that the training will initially involve schools where TUI members teach as the TUI members have accepted the proposals. Initial training will see English teachers being offered one day's training in the new Junior Cycle framework.