Grassroots effort to end ASTI industrial action is resisted by union leaders

Posted in Teaching on April 27th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“A grassroots move within the ASTI to bring an end to industrial action in schools is being resisted by the union leadership. It is understood that about 500 members of the Association of Secondary Teachers Ireland (ASTI) have so far signed a petition to support a special convention to consider a suspension of all action …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 27 April]

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Latest: Threat of school closures averted as ASTI members vote against strike action

Posted in Teaching on April 20th, 2017 by steve

IrelandUpdate 5.15pm: The threat of secondary school closures next month has been averted after teachers voted against taking more strike action. ASTI delegates spent the day considering a series of one day stoppages in protest over pay levels for new entrants – but the motion was defeated …” (more)

[BreakingNews.ie, 20 April]

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ASTI suspends business following wave of criticism over campaign strategy

Posted in Teaching on April 19th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The Association of Secondary Teachers, Ireland (ASTI) took the extraordinary step of suspending its annual conference and meeting in private on Wednesday following a wave of criticism from members over its industrial relations strategy. The meeting heard claims that the union lacked a clear strategy and was ‘haemorrhaging’ younger members …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 19 April]

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ASTI to hold ballot next month on possible industrial action over redundancy

Posted in Teaching on April 14th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The ASTI will ballot next month on possible industrial action in the event that one of its members is threatened with redundancy from September. The ballot will take place between May 8 and 18, ASTI president Ed Byrne said today …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 13 April]

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ASTI hardening its position in long-running dispute over pay and junior cycle reform

Posted in Teaching on April 1st, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The ASTI is hardening its position in the long-running disputes over pay and junior cycle reform. Counter moves from middle ground activists were defeated by clear majorities at a meeting of the union’s 180-member central executive today …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 1 April]

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ASTI clears way for junior cycle pupils to sit vital English exam

Posted in Teaching on March 10th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The Association of Secondary Teachers Ireland (Asti) has cleared the way for about 35,000 third-year students to sit a crucial assessment in English next month. The 80-minute assessment is worth 10% of the marks in the written exam for the revamped Junior Cert English course …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 10 March]

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Exam bosses turn screw on ASTI over English exam row

Posted in Teaching on March 7th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Pressure is mounting on the ASTI to ensure that about 35,000 third-year pupils complete a crucial assessment in English next month, after exam chiefs made it more difficult for the union not to co-operate with it …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 7 March]

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Union threatens action if ‘surplus’ teachers are fired

Posted in Teaching on February 28th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“A dispute that could close secondary schools will ‘come to a head quite quickly’ if the Government sacks teachers who are surplus to requirement, a union has warned. But the Department of Education refused to confirm whether it plans to use emergency legislation to make members of the ASTI redundant for refusing to sign up to the Lansdowne Road Agreement …” (more)

[Anne-Marie Walsh, Independent, 28 February]

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ASTI warns against plans to make surplus teachers redundant

Posted in Teaching on February 27th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The country’s biggest secondary teachers’ union has warned against any move to make its members redundant on foot of its dispute with the Government. The Irish Times reported on Monday that 60 secondary schools have received letters notifying them of their surplus staff …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 27 February]

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Teachers face first forced redundancies in years

Posted in Teaching on February 27th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Are we about to see the first forced redundancies in the public sector in years? It certainly looks that way – and a small number of members of the Association of Secondary Teachers in Ireland (ASTI) may well be in the firing line …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 27 February]

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ASTI schools to lose out on hundreds of extra teaching posts

Posted in Teaching on February 17th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Hundreds of voluntary secondary schools where teachers are members of the ASTI are set to lose out on additional teaching posts from next autumn due to a dispute over education reforms. Up to 550 additional full-time teaching posts are to be allocated to secondary schools from next September …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 16 February]

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ASTI to continue industrial action

Posted in Teaching on February 12th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“ASTI leaders have confirmed that various forms of industrial action will continue in about 500 schools following their members’ rejection of the latest proposals on pay and junior cycle …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 11 February]

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Exams body says Junior Cert students can avoid 10% penalty

Posted in Teaching on February 4th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Thousands of junior cycle students will have a chance to avoid a 10% penalty in this summer’s English exam if teachers allow them a last chance to complete a classroom-based assessment task, the State Examinations Commission has said …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 3 February]

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Uncertainty looms large for schools, students, and parents

Posted in Teaching on February 3rd, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Pressure to resolve the ASTI dispute has accelerated talks with unions on a replacement of Lansdowne Road, writes Education Correspondent Niall Murray. Aside from the implications of yesterday’s ballot result for current Junior Certificate students, the decision of members of the Association of Secondary Teachers of Ireland to reject proposals on pay and conditions causes major uncertainty for schools, students, and parents …” (more)

[Irish Examiner, 3 February]

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‘No more offers’ warns Minister as teachers’ strike looms

Posted in Teaching on February 2nd, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Minister for Education and Skills Richard Bruton has warned that no further offers will be made to ASTI teachers after they rejected the latest round of proposals. In a ballot of the union’s 18,300 members, ASTI members voted to reject the ‘Outcome of Talks’ proposals aimed at averting strike action by 52.5% to 47.5%, with a turnout of 75% …” (more)

[BreakingNews.ie, 2 February]

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ASTI vote ‘no’ to package on pay restoration and junior cert reform, re-igniting threat of strikes

Posted in Teaching on February 2nd, 2017 by steve

Ireland“ASTI members have rejected the latest package on pay and junior cert reform, re-igniting the threat of disruption in two in three second-level schools. Members of the secondary teachers’ union have voted 52.5 to 47.5 against a document that emerged in discussions before Christmas …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 2 February]

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ASTI teachers may lose pay rise if proposals rejected

Posted in Governance and administration on January 23rd, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Thousands of secondary school teachers may lose a €1,000 pay increase due to public servants if they reject new settlement proposals. The 18,000 members of the Association of Secondary Teachers Ireland (ASTI) are currently voting on proposals aimed at resolving a series of disputes between the union and the Department of Education …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 23 January]

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ASTI teachers face redundancy if deal is rejected

Posted in Governance and administration on January 17th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Some members of the secondary teachers’ union are staring redundancy in the face if the union rejects the latest proposals on pay and junior cycle reform …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 17 January]

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Second level teachers may take further strike action, ASTI says

Posted in Teaching on January 12th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Second level teachers may take further strike action if proposals to resolve a series of grievances are rejected, the Association of Secondary Teachers Ireland (ASTI) has said. Union president Ed Byrne said the ASTI was urging its 18,000 members to reject proposals drawn up before Christmas …” (more)

[Martin Wall, Irish Times, 12 January]

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Junior Cert students to lose marks over ASTI row, Minister says

Posted in Teaching on November 17th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Junior Cert students in the 375 secondary schools where teachers are refusing to engage in curriculum reforms face losing 10% of their marks in one of this year’s exams, the Dáil has heard …” (more)

[Marie O’Halloran, Irish Times, 16 November]

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