Posted by SchoolDays Newshound on 12/11/2013. Tags: 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 Walsh