‘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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Failure to end teachers’ dispute could ‘derail’ State exams

Posted in Governance and administration on November 8th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“A further 100 secondary schools are set to close today as the dispute between the Government and a teachers’ union over pay for new entrants continues. While just over 400 secondary schools closed indefinitely yesterday as a consequence of the Association of Secondary Teachers Ireland’s (ASTI) withdrawal of supervision duties, a further 100 schools are set to close today. More than 250,000 students will be affected …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 8 November]

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Commitment to equal pay could halt ASTI action, says union

Posted in Governance and administration on October 31st, 2016 by steve

Ireland“A Government commitment to equal pay for equal work could help to resolve ongoing industrial action by teachers, trade union Unite has said. The union called on the Government to issue a statement confirming its stance on pay equality as a matter of urgency …” (more)

[Jane O’Faherty, Independent, 31 October]

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Teachers on strike and two-tier pay

Posted in Governance and administration on October 28th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Sir, – The Department of Education’s approach to the Association of Secondary Teachers Ireland (ASTI) strike is at odds with its approach several weeks ago. Then it was asking school managers to hire people to carry out supervision and substitution …” (more)

[Letters, Irish Times, 28 October]

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Public sector pay commission ‘will have no power,’ says ASTI

Posted in Governance and administration on October 24th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“The president of the Association of Secondary Teachers in Ireland (ASTI) has said he is ‘very sceptical’ about the proposed public sector pay commission. The Government hopes the commission will go some way towards easing demands by State employees for pay increases …” (more)

[Vivienne Clarke, Irish Times, 24 October]

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‘Give us a pledge to restore teacher pay equality’

Posted in Governance and administration on October 24th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“If school chaos is to be avoided, ASTI president says the union and the Department of Education must show that they can trust each other, writes Katherine Donnelly …” (more)

[Independent, 24 October]

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Warning of exam repeats surge as teachers strike

Posted in Governance and administration on October 23rd, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Parents fear hundreds of extra students will be forced to repeat their Leaving Cert exams next year as a consequence of the impending strike by secondary school teachers. The concerns come as it was revealed that the number of repeats rose by more than 26% in the year after the last ASTI dispute …” (more)

[Wayne O’Connor, Independent, 23 October]

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TUI must cross ASTI picket lines in order to be paid

Posted in Governance and administration on October 19th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“The Teachers’ Union of Ireland is expected to advise members that they will have to cross picket lines put in place by the Association of Secondary Teachers Ireland if they want to be paid …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 19 October]

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Teachers to be offered deal to halt industrial action

Posted in Governance and administration on October 18th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“The Government is expected to offer to restore payments to secondary teachers for carrying out supervision and substitution duties if they rescind plans to cease working 33 unpaid teaching hours originally agreed as part of a productivity agreement …” (more)

[Martin Wall, Irish Times, 17 October]

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Public pay dispute: Government holds the line

Posted in Governance and administration on October 17th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“The Government is facing a serious challenge to its public service pay policy with rank-and-file gardaí and second-level teachers now scheduled to stage several days of strikes in November …” (more)

[Martin Wall, Irish Times, 17 October]

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Teachers face prospect of having pay stopped in hard-line response to strike threat

Posted in Governance and administration on October 16th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“The Government will dock the pay of thousands of teachers in a hard-line response to the threat of industrial action by the country’s biggest secondary school teachers union, the Sunday Independent can reveal …” (more)

[Philip Ryan and Maeve Sheehan, Independent, 16 October]

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Public sector work stoppages now on eight days in November

Posted in Governance and administration on October 15th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Secondary schools will be thrown into chaos in the run up to Christmas with seven days of closures due to teacher strikes. The wave of work stoppages by the Association of Secondary Teachers Ireland (ASTI) will affect up to 250,000 students …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 15 October]

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‘Money is not available, we have to balance the budget’ – Education Minister’s words to ASTI

Posted in Governance and administration on October 14th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Education Minister Richard Bruton said meeting the pay demands of the ASTI was ‘not tenable’ because it would cost €2.3bn in knock-on payments to workers across the entire public service …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 14 October]

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Richard Bruton: At least seven weeks to draw up plan for teachers’ action

Posted in Governance and administration on October 14th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Minister for Education Richard Bruton said it will take the Department of Education ‘at least’ seven weeks to put together plans to cope with industrial action threatened by the Association of Secondary Teachers Ireland (ASTI). The time will be required to recruit staff to take over supervision duties in schools and to allow for Garda vetting, the Minister told RTÉ’s Morning Ireland …” (more)

[Vivienne Clark, Irish Times, 14 October]

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Government’s handling of ASTI strike will have wide implications

Posted in Governance and administration on October 14th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“The Government is facing the first real challenge to its public service pay policy following the decision by second level teachers to vote in favour of industrial action. How the Government handles this issue will have implications not just for students in hundreds of schools, but also for its industrial relations strategy across the wider public service …” (more)

[Martin Wall, Irish Times, 13 October]

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