The ASTI is Ireland's main second level teachers union and represents 17,500 teachers in community schools, community colleges, comprehensive schools and voluntary secondary schools attended by 80% of all second-level students.
The ASTI acts as a professional association voicing the concerns and interests of the teaching profession at second-level and as a registered trade union, which protects teachers and fights for improvements in their pay and conditions of employment.
Included among our members are class teachers, school principals, deputy-principals, assistant principals, special duties teachers, temporary teachers, part-time teachers, home-school liaison teachers, guidance counsellors, learning support teachers and resource teachers.
The union represents teachers in:
- voluntary secondary schools
- community schools
- comprehensive schools
- community colleges
Established in 1909, the ASTI is a registered trade union affiliated to:
- Irish Congress of Trade Unions
- Education International
- European Trade Union Committee for Education
The objects and aims of the ASTI are:
- to promote second-level education
- to unite and organise all second-level teachers
- to promote and protect teachers' interests
- to maintain and improve teachers' conditions of employment