- About ASTI
- Pay and Conditions
- ASTI Membership
- Operation of Schools
The reversal of pay cuts and the restoration of a single pay scale for all teachers is a central aim of the ASTI.
These changes were imposed unilaterly without consultation with the ASTI. The ASTI has continually raised this unjust targeting of new teachers with the Minister for Education and Skills and in meeting with the Department of Education and Skills, and has denounced the unfair treatment of new teachers publicly at every opportunity. In conjunction with the other teacher unions, the ASTI has communicated its opposition to the cuts directly to Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform Brendan Howlin. We will continue to argue the case for fair and equal pay for all teachers.
The ASTI has taken a number of actions in support of new teachers:
The ASTI is committed to campaigning for real employment opportunities for teachers.
Teachers are not immune to the jobs crisis gripping the country. Poor employment prospects for new teachers have been exacerbated by recent Government policies, which saw up to 1,000 second-level teaching jobs lost with the increase in pupil-teacher ratio in 2009 and a further 700 removed due to changes to allocation announced in Budget 2012.
Over 30% of second-level teachers are in temporary employment. A typical teacher will spend up to 8 years in temporary and part-time employment before finding a full-time job. Meanwhile the moratorium on posts of responsibility denies any promotional opportunities to young teachers.
The ASTI is committed to pursuing quality job prospects for teachers. We sought a panel system for the filling of teacher vacancies in order to ensure new teachers are prioritised. This resulted in some success when the Department published a circular governing the filling of temporary vacancies. The ASTI is also calling for a review of the allocation of teachers as part of the development of a sustainable policy for second-level teacher recruitment, retention and employment.