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ASTI promises “strong action” if teachers are made redundant

Nearly 50 posts have been identified as being over the official quota and could be targeted for redundancy, but the ASTI says it will take action if members are hit.

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A TEACHERS’ UNION has promised that it will take action if their members are targeted for redundancy.

Reports today suggested that teachers could become the first permanent public servants to lose their jobs – if the union rejects the Haddington Road deal again.

The Irish Independent said that a list of 30 schools, 29 of which have ASTI members, has been circulated by the Department of Education, identifying 48 teaching posts that could be abolished.

Individual teachers have not been identified and deciding who would be let go would be the remit of individual schools.

The ASTI will ballot on the deal for a third time in the coming weeks. ASTI is the only teachers’ union to have rejected the deal thus far.

The roles identified are teachers who are above the official required quota.

However, the ASTI was quick to react to the reports, saying that it had outlined the implications of the deal to their members.

“The ASTI has provided full information to its members on the implications of the Haddington Road ballot which takes place this week. This includes information on pay cuts, supervision and substitution, redeployment and the possibility of redundancies.

The ASTI will take strong action if any member is identified for redundancy.

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