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ASTI rejects Lansdowne Road Agreement proposals

Posted by SchoolDays Newshound, on 14/10/2015. ASTI rejects Lansdowne Road Agreement proposalsTags: 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 compromise proposals.

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.



(15-10-2015 09:48)

TUI join ASTI in rejecting Lansdowne Road agreement

92% of TUI members voted to reject the LRA. The turnout was 60%. The ASTI voted to reject the agreement by 74% - though fewer than a third of members voted.



(16-10-2015 08:16)

Statement from ASTI 16/10/15

Standing Committee discusses non-acceptance by members of Lansdowne Road proposals

At its meeting today, ASTI Standing Committee discussed at length the outcome of the ballot on the Lansdowne Road Agreement, the result of which was announced yesterday.

ASTI members voted against accepting the Lansdowne Road Agreement by 74% to 26%.

Standing Committee today passed a motion stating that it would not be bound by the Irish Congress of Trade Unions Public Services Committees decision to accept the Lansdowne Road Agreement.

Standing Committee stated that the ASTI is currently party to the Haddington Road Agreement and will continue to deliver on its commitments and demands that the Government do the same.

At its meeting today, Standing Committee also expressed the view that the threats contained in the Financial Emergency Measures in the Public Interest (FEMPI) Bill are vindictive and inappropriate, particularly given the Governments recent statements that Irelands economy is recovering.

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