The ASTI is to immediately ballot its members on industrial action, up to and including strike action, in order to protect ASTI teachers from being made redundant. The decision to ballot was taken by the ASTI 180-member Central Executive Council today.
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 tax payers’ 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 over redundancy threats to ASTI members 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.