Survey of ASTI and TUI members over amalgamation launched at annual conferences


Wednesday 3 April 2024

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Survey of ASTI and TUI members over amalgamation launched at annual conferences

At the annual conferences of the Association of Secondary Teachers in Ireland (ASTI) and Teachers’ Union of Ireland (TUI) today (Wednesday, April 3rd), a survey of members regarding the prospect of amalgamation of the two unions was launched.

The survey will run from Wednesday, 10th April to Thursday, 25th April.

The survey will ask if members are in favour of forming one single education union representing members in the Post Primary, Further/Adult and Higher Education sectors.

It will also ask if members support continuing the work towards amalgamation.

Speaking today, ASTI President Geraldine O’ Brien said:

‘In recent times, representatives from the TUI and the ASTI have engaged in extensive discussions around the prospect of unification.

‘Both unions have engaged constructively and in good faith. We have examined both unions’ rule books and continue to explore a potential structure for a new education union. There remains a considerable amount of work to be done if we continue to proceed with the project.’

Speaking today, TUI President David Waters said:

‘The ultimate aim is to create a new union that at its heart is member focussed. Any new entity would acknowledge and respect the traditions of each union, while also forging a new organisation that is able to face the ever-changing challenges of the industrial relations landscape.’
‘Of course, any outcome that emerges from our ongoing engagement will require comprehensive and substantial membership consultation within both unions and will ultimately be adjudicated upon in ballots of members.’

‘If the membership indicate their support for the work to continue, this survey will be another important step on this road.’


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