ASTI to ballot members for industrial action

The teacher's union said there's "no reason for redundancies"

ASTI to ballot members for industrial action

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The Association of Secondary Teachers Ireland is to ballot its members for industrial action over redundancy fears.

The union made the decision at a meeting of its Central Executive Committee today.

It says that a number of unnecessary redundancies are planned and it needs to protect its members.

Democratic right

ASTI President Ed Byrne said "There is absolutely no reason for redundancies. There is an effective redeployment scheme in place which saves the State’s and taxpayers’ money.

"Plans to make ASTI teachers redundant is an attempt by the Government to coerce ASTI members to sign up an agreement which they have already rejected in a ballot."

The ballot on planned redundancies will take place in coming weeks.

"We will stand strong and united against the victimisation of ASTI members for exercising their democratic right." said Mr Byrne.

The Central Executive Council also formally adopted a policy that the issues of Junior Cycle reform and second-level teachers’ terms and conditions be treated separately in any future talks/ negotiations.