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Further ASTI dispute discussions to be held

Posted by SchoolDays Newshound on 12/11/2013. Further ASTI dispute discussions to be heldTags: Teachers News

Today (November 12th) will see further discussions held between representatives of the Association of Secondary Teachers in Ireland (ASTI) and the Department of Education and Skills regarding the Haddington Road Agreement.

The formal talks are going ahead after union negotiators briefed the ASTI's standing committee following informal correspondence between the two parties - and it is hoped that today's discussions might ultimately lead to a resolution of the dispute.

Indeed, the talks could lead to a proposal being made that can be put to a ballot of the union's 17,000 members. Among the issues to be discussed are matters relating to supervision and substitution payments, casualisation and the conditions facing newly-qualified teachers.

But given that any outcome must not breach the Haddington Road Agreement, it is unclear whether a solution that suits both parties will be reached. 

The ASTI central executive committee - which is made up of 180 individuals - will make a decision on whether or not to put the outcome of the talks to a ballot when it meets on Saturday. 

Written by Donal WalshADNFCR-2163-ID-801659549-ADNFCR



(12-11-2013 17:55)

Statement from ASTI this evening on today's talks

ASTI Standing Committee recommends ballot
on new Haddington Road proposals

ASTI Standing Committee has recommended to its Central Executive Council that a ballot of members be held on the outcome of talks between the ASTI and the Department of Education and Skills on the Haddington Road Agreement and other matters.

The ASTI Central Executive Council meets on Saturday, November 16th to consider the recommendation.

Talks between the ASTI and the Department concluded today. The talks considered a number concerns raised by the ASTI and have resulted in a number of important proposals including new commitments in relation Supervision and Substitution, the employment conditions of part time and temporary teachers, reform of the Junior Cycle, posts of responsibility in schools, and the use of additional working hours (Croke Park hours).

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