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Schools will reopen tomorrow as teachers' union enters talks

Teachers were due to withdraw from supervision and substitution duties tomorrow, leading to the closure of schools nationwide.

08/11/2016 Pictured are ASTI President Ed Byrne (r

Updated 10.30pm

THE SECONDARY SCHOOL teachers’ union the ASTI has suspended the withdrawal of supervision and substitiution duties by its members pending talks with the Government.

The ASTI has confirmed tonight that it received a letter from the Workplace Relations Commission inviting teachers to negotiations and will suspend all supervision and substitution withdrawals and strike action pending the outcome of those talks.

The ASTI said they expected talks to continue until the end of the month.

The Department of Education tonight released a statement welcoming the announcement:

“The Department confirms that it has received an invitation from Anna Perry, Chair of the Teachers Conciliation Council (TCC) and Director of Conciliation Services, Workplace Relations Commission, to meet with her tomorrow to discuss matters of mutual concern relating to the ASTI’s industrial action that fall within the remit of the TCC.”

The Department has accepted this invitation.
Minister Bruton said that he welcomes this initiative and the decision of the ASTI to suspend their one day strikes and their withdrawal from supervision and substitution duties.

Hundreds of schools closed today as teachers went out to strike over equal pay for teachers who began post-2011 and pre-2012, and who do not get the same pay as their other colleagues.

Actions planned tomorrow by the teacher union revolved around pay for supervision and substitution duties. Currently, teachers who are members of the ASTI do not get paid for supervision of lunch breaks or substitution duties.

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