ASTI pulls ballot following removal of redundancy threat

Friday 05 May 2017

The Department of Education and Skills has notified the ASTI that no school will have teachers in excess of its approved staffing allocation for the 2017/18 school year. This means that no teacher will be made redundant.

In light of this, the ASTI Standing Committee has decided to stand-down its current ballot on industrial action in opposition to threatened redundancies.

Ed Byrne, ASTI President, has welcomed today’s development. However, he described the threat by the Government to make ASTI members redundant because of the union’s rejection of the Lansdowne Road Agreement as unnecessary and retributive. “The threat was designed to coerce ASTI members into accepting an agreement which they had already rejected in a democratic ballot,” said Mr Byrne.