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ASTI Reject Public Service Pay Deal

Education

While as yet there is no immediate prospect of disruption to second level education; the Association of Secondary Teachers in Ireland (ASTI) today have rejected the new public service pay agreement, by a narrow margin of 51.5% against and 48.5% in favour.

The voting turnout was 64%, and the result is understood to reflect concerns over the failure to address the issue of pay for staff recruited since 2011, latter understood to be losing up to €6,000 annually when compared to their longer-serving colleagues.

The Union’s 180 strong Central Executive Committee is now expected to meet early in November 2017, to decide their next move, which will undoubtedly include a possibility of the resumption of industrial action, latter suspended earlier this year pending the outcome of the ballot result today.

The Irish National Teacher’s Organisation and the Teacher’s Union of Ireland have similarly rejected this agreement, but continue to participate in a new process, aimed in principal to address pay inequality.

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