Education Minister to consult with colleagues on teacher's union
Minister for Education will consult with the Minister for Public expenditure today on the dispute with the ASTI over their rejection of the Haddington Road Agreement.
Union members have voted in favour of industrial action which will see teachers withdraw from meetings outside normal school hours, in service training and school planning, from October 2.
Action by the 17,000 ASTI secondary school teachers will begin on October 2nd and run for two weeks.
Brendan Howlin is appealing to the ASTI to reconsider its plans, saying it was "remarkable" that there was only one union outside the agreement.
"We can't change things - the Haddington road agreement is there, it's been implemented from the first of July," he said.
"We need the savings, it's art of the budgetary arithmetic … none of the work we're doing is easy, but it's not changeable."
Industry experts believe it unlikely that a compromise will shortly be reached.
Deputy General Secretary of the ASTI, Diarmuid DePaor, said the action will not cause much upset to students as the duties being abandoned do not affect school or extra curricular activities.
"Apart from maybe the parent-teacher meetings, an awful lot of meetings … were seen by teachers as simply box-ticking exercises."
"They would have been much better deployed doing their pastoral care duties … being involved in the football team or the musical."
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