Annual Convention 2016
The following resolutions were adopted by Annual Convention 2016:
That in light of the changed economic circumstances and economic growth, Convention call on the Department of Education and Skills to lift the moratorium on posts of responsibility immediately and restore the number of posts to the pre 2008 level.
That the ASTI seek the full restoration of guidance counselling hours in all second-level schools.
That in the interests of equality for all its members, the ASTI enter into negotiations with the Department of Education and Skills with the view to restoring a common basic pay scale for all teachers.
That the ASTI enter into negotiations with the Department of Education and Skills, prior to the termination of the Haddington Road Agreement, to immediately restore all teachers employed post January 2011 to the common basic pay scale including entitlement to qualification allowances.
That the Public Service Pensions Levy be removed.
That the ASTI demand that the DES does not count holiday leave as part of sick leave entitlement.
That the ASTI demand that the DES restore the common basic scale for teachers to the pre-2011 common basic scale for teachers. In the event that this matter is not resolved by 31st August 2016, that the ASTI ballot its members on industrial action, up to and including strike action.
Following the rejection of the Lansdowne Road proposals and in the absence of any consequent agreement by members of the ASTI, that Standing Committee issue a directive to members to cease fulfilling the 33 Croke Park hours upon the completion of the Haddington Road Agreement.
Note from Steering Committee: This motion may require a ballot of members.
That the A.S.T.I. establish a committee to oversee the pay and working conditions of privately paid teachers and to make policy recommendations in this regard; this committee to report back to Annual Convention 2017. Such committee to be elected at Annual Convention 2016.
That the 33 hours of the Croke Park Agreement expire at the end of Haddington Road Agreement and be not renewed in future agreements with the Government.
That this Convention vehemently reject the changes to pension provision which force teachers to retire on average rather than final salary and call upon the ASTI to devise a strategy and effective campaign to fight against this cut.
That ASTI members refuse to assess their own students for school certification (the Junior Cycle Profile of Achievement).
That the ASTI seek that the SEC should accept home addresses of superintendents and examiners for the purpose of calculating travel expenses incurred during the exercise of state examination duties.
That the current S&S scheme revert to the scheme that existed prior to the Haddington Road Agreement.
Urgent Motion from Standing Committee:
That the ASTI negotiate:
· that all pregnancy related illnesses, post September 2014, be recognised as such and not be considered as part of the general sick leave scheme.
· that maternity leave be available to women who miscarry or deliver stillborn at any stage of their pregnancy.
Amend Rule 87 by deletion of the second sentence “plebiscites or ballots of association members shall be by postal ballot” and by insertion of the following new second sentence:
“The format of any plebiscite or ballot of association members shall be by postal ballot or by school based ballot, such format to be decided by CEC”.
Rule 87 to then read as follows:
With a view to deciding matters of policy or principle, the CEC may take or cause to be taken a plebiscite or ballot of the members of the association. The format of any plebiscite or ballot of association members shall be by postal ballot or by school based ballot, such format to be decided by CEC. All branches shall, where possible, convene information meetings prior to such plebiscites or ballots.