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ASTI reject Haddington Road agreement, vote for industrial action

The union representing 17,000 secondary teachers voted by way of a 63 per cent majority to reject the deal.

Workers on an official ASTI picket in 2009. (File photo)
Workers on an official ASTI picket in 2009. (File photo)
Image: James Horan/Photocall Ireland

THE UNION REPRESENTING second-level teachers has voted to reject the Haddington Road agreement and in favour of industrial action.

In a ballot of its 17,000 members, the ASTI rejected the Government’s public pay proposals by 63 per cent to 37 per cent.

In a simultaneous ballot, ASTI members voted by 65 per cent to 35 per cent in favour of industrial action, up to and including strike action.

Speaking following the outcome of the ballot today ASTI general secretary Pat King said that teachers are sending the message that “they have given enough”:

The Haddington Road Agreement is a step too far. Second-level schools are at the tipping point, having been stripped of key supports and personnel. Young people’s education has been diminished and their futures compromised.

A second teaching union, the TUI, has also balloted its members on the Haddington Road agreement.

The ASTI’s committee will meet on Monday to discuss the outcome of the ballot.

Read: Another public sector union has voted in favour of Haddington Road >

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Read: TUI, ASTI recommend ballot of members on Haddington Road pay deal >

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