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All secondary schools to re-open tomorrow

Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 08/11/2016. All secondary schools to re-open tomorrowTags: Education And Politics

Statement from ASTI - 9.05 pm

ASTI Accepts invitation to talks 
Earlier today the ASTI was invited by the Chair of the Teachers’ Conciliation Council Ms Anna Perry to enter talks to explore possibilities to end the current industrial relations disputes. 

The ASTI Standing Committee has accepted this invitation. 

The ASTI has agreed to defer its directive on supervision and substitution and its strike action to facilitate this process for the duration of the talks. It is expected that this process will continue until the end of November. 
ASTI members will be available for teaching and supervision and substitution duties tomorrow and for the duration of the talks. We expect that all second-level schools will be open tomorrow. 



(09-11-2016 10:38)

The Department of Education last night released a statement welcoming the announcement.

It read: The Department confirms that it has received an invitation from Anna Perry, chair of the Teachers Conciliation Council (TCC) and director of conciliation services, Workplace Relations Commission, to meet with her tomorrow to discuss matters of mutual concern relating to the ASTIs industrial action that fall within the remit of the TCC.


(10-11-2016 09:35)

ISSU PRESS STATEMENT 9th November 2016

The Irish Second-Level Students' Union have expressed their relief that schools are re-opening today.

"We welcome the ASTI's decision to suspend its industrial action. Our concern, as always, was with the students and the impact these school closures were having on their education," Jane Hayes Nally, President of the Irish Second-Level Students said. "We are relieved to hear that students will be able to return to school, especially those in exam years. We know that a strike is the last resort for many unions but the ISSU feel that students should be prioritised in these situations. We hope to see both parties come to a resolution as soon as possible, to ensure that student will not lose any more days at school in future."

"Many students are concerned over the time that they have already lost, especially exam students that are due to take Mock-Exams soon. We know that there are students who will say that they were happy to get a day off but we also know of the students who struggle academically and have missed out on valuable class time as they are the ones that benefit most from classroom support."

Some students stated that they felt they were being punished as their friends in non-ASTI schools were able to continue with their subject work and practical exam projects as their schools were not closed. They feel that they are at a significant disadvantage facing into exams having lost so much class time.

Ultimately, the ISSU are hoping to see a resolution soon to ensure that there is no further impact on students.

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