ASTI Press Release - ASTI members vote to reject Public Service Stability Agreement by 51.5% to 48.5%

Monday 23 October 2017

ASTI members have voted to reject the Public Service Stability Agreement (PSSA) 2018-2020 by 51.5% to 48.5%.

Commenting on the result of the ballot, ASTI President Ger Curtin said that by rejecting the Agreement, ASTI members continue to stand up for their most vulnerable colleagues – those who entered the profession since 2010 and are on inferior pay scales.

Mr Curtin said the union intends to vigorously pursue equal pay for equal work along with its sister unions the INTO and the TUI. Last year, the ASTI took two days strike action in pursuit of equal pay for recently qualified teachers.

“We will not stop until the discriminatory treatment of post 2010 teachers is put to an end. While some progress has been achieved on the issue, an unacceptable gap remains. Teachers who are five and six years teaching have already lost out significantly in terms of their pay. The effects of this can be seen on teacher recruitment.

“The discriminatory treatment of post 2010 teachers has serious implications for the future of the teaching profession and the education of children and young people,” concluded Mr Curtin.

The union’s executive will meet shortly to consider the outcome of today’s ballot.

The following are the results of the ballot: 

Yes votes:       5,232

No votes:         5,558

Turnout:           64%