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Quinn “hopeful” for progress in ASTI dispute as areas of discussion identified

However, the Education Minister said that the “terms and conditions” of the guarantee are not under his control.

MINISTER FOR EDUCATION Ruairi Quinn says he is ‘hopeful’ that progress can be made to end industrial action by the ASTI when he meets officials from the union later today.

On his way into this week’s cabinet meeting, the Minister said that while the details of the agreement will not be changed, “areas in relation to the operation of schools” have been identified for discussion, and that the details of the agreement would be desirable in the private sector.

“I know that teachers want to teach,” he said, “there were concerns about the Haddington Road Agreement… the terms and conditions of that agreement are not under my control”.

The second-level teachers union rejected the Haddington Road agreement in September, calling it a “step too far”.

Read: Movement in teachers dispute as ASTI to meet department officials >

More: ASTI reject Haddington Road agreement, vote for industrial action >

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