ASTI begins preparations for public sector pay ballot
The Standing Committee of the ASTI today decided to conduct a ballot of members this September on potential industrial action over pay, in line with other public sector unions affiliated to the Irish Congress of Trade Unions (ICTU).
The ballot will form part of a coordinated campaign by public sector unions in the context of continuous high inflation and the failure of Government to make a sustainable offer at Workplace Relations Commission (WRC) discussions.
ASTI President Miriam Duggan said teachers and other public sector workers are trying to cope with hefty cost of living increases.
“A significant improvement in pay is essential to help offset spiralling inflation,” said Ms Duggan. “Teachers in common with other public sector workers are finding it difficult to make ends meet. It is very disappointing that the Government is showing such scant regard for public servants in light of all they contributed at the height of the pandemic.”
“The Government must return to the WRC with a credible proposal for unions and their members to consider.”
The ASTI is recommending that its members vote for industrial action in the ballot.