Demand for 30% hike as exam pay is lower than minimum wage

Posted in Governance and administration, Teaching on April 6th, 2018 by steve

“Teachers have voted overwhelmingly to demand a 30% increase in the rates of pay for those marking and supervising the Junior Cert and Leaving Cert exams. Association of Secondary Teachers of Ireland (ASTI) members voted to increase an enhanced pay request to the State Examinations Commission (SEC) from 20% to 30% …” (more)

[Ralph Riegel, Independent, 6 April]

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‘Impending catastrophe’ for Junior and Leaving Cert exams if rate of pay for State examiners not increased

Posted in Teaching on April 5th, 2018 by steve

“Teachers have voted overwhelmingly to demand a 30% increase in the rates of pay for those marking and supervising the Junior Cert and Leaving Cert exams. Association of Secondary Teachers of Ireland (ASTI) members agreed to increase an enhanced pay request to the State Examinations Commission (SEC) from 20% to 30% …” (more)

[Ralph Riegel, Independent, 5 April]

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Bruton refuses to reveal penalties for teachers who strike over pay structure

Posted in Governance and administration on April 5th, 2018 by steve

“Education Minister Richard Bruton has declined to say what penalties, if any, teachers will face should they strike over the lower-pay structure for post-2011 recruits. On Tuesday, Mr Bruton warned the public service pay deal had provisions that allowed the imposition of pay freezes and other penalties if industrial action in breach of that agreement were to take place …” (more)

[Joe Leogue, Irish Examiner, 5 April]

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We’ll refuse to mark our own pupils in Leaving Cert – ASTI

Posted in Governance and administration, Teaching on April 5th, 2018 by steve

“Leaving Cert changes will be vehemently opposed by secondary school teachers if it involves any element of teachers assessing their own students for critical exam marks. The Association of Secondary Teachers of Ireland (ASTI) warned Education Minister Richard Bruton they will not tolerate a repeat of controversial Junior Cert changes with Ireland’s Leaving Cert …” (more)

[Ralph Riegel, Independent, 5 April]

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Teachers reaffirm opposition to assessing own students for State exams

Posted in Teaching on April 4th, 2018 by steve

“The General Secretary of the Association of Secondary Teachers of Ireland has warned that teachers will not assess their own students as part of any proposed reform of the Leaving Certificate cycle. The Department of Education and its agencies are beginning to explore how best to reform learning at senior cycle …” (more)

[RTÉ News, 4 April]

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Schools could face shutdown in row over ‘two-tier’ pay

Posted in Governance and administration on April 3rd, 2018 by steve

“Teachers are giving the Government a month to produce a commitment to end two-tier pay rates – or strike ballots that could close schools in the autumn will go ahead. As the three teachers’ unions gather at their annual conferences, the mood is hardening for an early deal to eliminate lower salary scales for new entrants …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 3 April]

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Teachers to oppose changes to exams

Posted in Teaching on March 7th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Parents, students and universities have given broad support to a system of continuous assessment for the Leaving Cert – but teachers are opposed. The views were aired at a meeting of the Oireachtas Education Committee to consider whether a change would reduce high levels of student stress blamed on the current exam model …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 7 March]

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Leaving Cert leads to ‘devastating’ stress among students

Posted in Teaching on March 7th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“The way the Leaving Cert is structured is maximising stress on students and leading to crippling levels of anxiety, parents’ representatives have claimed. The National Parents Council Post-Primary said high-stakes, one-off exams can be ‘brutal instruments’ and fail to properly assess student’s overall performance and learning during their time at school …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 6 March]

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Call for investment in Leaving Cert

Posted in Teaching on March 7th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Significant investment in maintaining standards will be vital if more assessment methods are used for the Leaving Certificate, TDs and senators have heard. Lewis Purser, Irish Universities Association director of academic affairs, told the Oireachtas Education Committee that good practice of teachers regularly assessing their students is often sacrificed by the preparation required for the Leaving Certificate’s high-stakes format …” (more)

[Niall Murray, Irish Examiner, 7 March]

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Numbers entering teaching ‘collapsing’ due to low pay, unions claim

Posted in Governance and administration on November 29th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“There has been a collapse in the number of people applying to study for qualifications to become second level teachers due to pay inequality, education sector unions claim. In a joint submission to the Public Service Pay Commission on Wednesday, the Teachers’ Union of Ireland (TUI), the Association of Secondary Teachers Ireland (ASTI) and the Irish National Teachers’ Organisation (INTO) argued that pay inequality in the profession had created a recruitment and retention crisis in teaching …” (more)

[Martin Wall, Irish Times, 29 November]

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Public Service Pay and Pensions Bill undermines union rights

Posted in Governance and administration on November 22nd, 2017 by steve

Ireland“A chara, – The silence from the trade union movement in response to the publication of the Public Service Pay and Pensions Bill 2017 is remarkable. This legislation, which will be debated in the Dáil this week, gives effect to the Public Services Stability Agreement (PSSA). It will compound and continue pay inequality for post-2011 public servants …” (more)

[Jana Lyons and others, Irish Times, 22 November]

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Real prospect of teachers going their own way on public pay agreement

Posted in Governance and administration on September 10th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The prospect of further industrial action in schools later in the year will be determined by a number of key events over the coming weeks which will be watched very closely by the Government as well as tens of thousands of parents and students. In essence teachers will have to decide whether they should row in with what more than likely will be the majority decision of the public service trade union movement …” (more)

[Martin Wall, Irish Times, 9 September]

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ASTI recommends members reject new pay deal

Posted in Governance and administration on September 10th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The Association of Secondary Teachers is recommending that their members reject the new public service pay agreement, they announced after a ballot was held this afternoon. The ASTI’s 180 member Executive Council voted no for the new pay deal, following claims that it does not address the lowers wages of teachers who have qualified since 2012 …” (more)

[Kathy Armstrong, Independent, 9 September]

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Three teachers’ unions look set to reject pay deal

Posted in Governance and administration on June 27th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The country’s biggest secondary school teachers’ union looks set to recommend to its members that they reject the proposed public sector pay deal. The move means all three teachers’ unions may end up voting against the draft agreement …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 27 June]

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New campaign urges public-sector workers to reject Lansdowne Road II pay deal

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

Ireland“A new campaign is being launched today to encourage public sector workers to vote against ‘Lansdowne Road II’. The new public-sector pay deal, which will be voted on over the next two months, has so far received a mixed reaction …” (more)

[BreakingNews.ie, 23 June]

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ASTI brings end to futile campaign that divided union

Posted in Teaching on June 12th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The vote by the country’s biggest secondary teachers’ union to suspend its long-running industrial action marks the end of a futile campaign which served to hurt members, disrupt students and divide the union …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 11 June]

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ASTI to suspend all industrial action

Posted in Governance and administration on June 10th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The ASTI is to immediately suspend all industrial action relating to the Lansdowne Road Agreement (LRA) and Junior Certificate reform. The decision was taken by a special convention of ASTI members held in the Citywest Hotel, Dublin today …” (more)

[BreakingNews.ie, 10 June]

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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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