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ASTI threatens serious escalation of dispute following government statement

Posted by Schooldays Newshound on 03/12/2013. ASTI threatens serious escalation of dispute following government statementTags: Education And Politics Teachers Parenting

The Department of Education & Science have this afternoon released the statement below on the ASTI and Haddington Road Agreement. The ASTI have responded stating they "will respond with strong trade union action". - see ASTI statement also included below.

Department of Education & Science Statement
"The Government today discussed the outcome of the recent discussions between the Department of Education and Skills and the Association of Secondary Teachers, Ireland (ASTI).  The ASTI membership is currently voting on the Haddington Road agreement.

Ministers have previously said that the continued payment of the Substitution and Supervision allowance to ASTI members is unsustainable.
The Government has decided that in the event of a further rejection of the Haddington Road Agreement, this allowance will be discontinued with effect from 17th January 2014 and that the discharge of substitution and supervision duties will be mandatory and unpaid from that date in line with the terms of the Haddington Road Agreement.

The Haddington Road Agreement provides for the integration of the supervision and substitution allowance into the pay scale of teachers in 2017 and 2018.
In addition, this Agreement removes the freeze on increments currently applying to ASTI members under the Financial Emergency legislation and provides for an improved pay scale for new entrant teachers together with a range of measures designed to improve the employment prospects of young teachers and to diminish levels of casualisation in teaching."

ASTI Statement
In response this evening, the ASTI have issued the following statement:

Responding to the Department of Education and Skills’ statement today that the Government will use its powers under the Financial Emergency in the Public Interest (FEMPI) and other legislation to make supervision and substitution a compulsory, unpaid duty for ASTI members, ASTI General Secretary Pat King said:
“This move to unilaterally change teachers’ terms and conditions will lead to a serious escalation of the current industrial dispute in schools. The ASTI has already stated that if the Government uses the FEMPI legislation again to worsen teachers’ terms and conditions, we will respond with strong trade union action.”


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