Archive for ASTI

Teachers’ groups broadly welcome FF and Labour education plans

Posted in teaching with tags , , on 17 February 2011 by Steve

“Fianna Fail has announced that it would like to increase the length of training time for both primary and secondary school teachers …” (more)

[TheJournal.ie, 17 February]

Teachers to work extra hour as union accepts Croke Park deal

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , on 9 February 2011 by Steve

“Secondary teachers will have to work an extra hour per week after members voted to accept the Croke Park deal in a re-ballot of members …” (more)

[Seán Flynn, Irish Times, 9 February]

Teacher unions to hold second ballot on reform deal

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , , on 24 January 2011 by Steve

“Secondary teacher unions are to reballot members on the Croke Park agreement after the Department of Education clarified aspects of the deal …” (more)

[Seán Flynn, Irish Times, 24 January]

Union bosses jet off as teachers face crucial vote

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , , , on 19 January 2011 by Steve

“The leaders of a teachers’ union have flown to a conference in Thailand as their members face a crucial re-ballot on the Croke Park deal …” (more)

[Anne-Marie, Independent, 19 January]

Education investment vital to recovery, say teaching unions

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , , , on 5 October 2010 by Steve

“Investment in education is critical to pulling Ireland out of recession, the presidents of the country’s four teaching unions warned today …” (more)

[BreakingNews.ie, 5 October]

Teachers refuse to end industrial action

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , , , on 26 September 2010 by Steve

“The Government suffered a serious setback yesterday when the Teachers’ Union of Ireland refused to end its current limited industrial action …” (more)

[John Walshe, Independent, 26 September]

Teachers to join Croke talks and lift action next week

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , on 13 September 2010 by Steve

“Secondary teachers will lift their industrial action next Monday after reluctantly agreeing to enter talks about new work practice under the Croke Park pay and productivity deal …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 13 September]

ASTI to enter talks on Croke Park deal

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , on 11 September 2010 by Steve

“… The union’s central executive council today voted to enter talks with the Department of Education. It has suspended industrial action due to begin on Monday September 20th pending the outcome of the talks …” (more)

[Irish Times, 11 September]

ASTI to consider talks over Croke Park deal

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , on 11 September 2010 by Steve

“The executive of the Association of Secondary Teachers in Ireland will meet today to consider whether to enter into talks with the Government on the implementation of the Croke Park Agreement …” (more)

[RTÉ News, 11 September]

Education spending levels criticised

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , , on 7 September 2010 by Steve

“Teacher unions and opposition parties have today criticised the Government after a new OECD survey found that Ireland continues to rank close to bottom in terms of spending on education …” (more)

[Charlie Taylor, Irish Times, 7 September]

Teachers set to vote again on Croke Park deal

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , , , on 23 August 2010 by Steve

“Secondary school teachers are expected to have to vote again on the controversial Croke Park deal which they rejected first time around. Members of the Association of Secondary Teachers, Ireland (ASTI), are expected to have to vote again on the deal, which would mean a renegotiation of their contracts and a requirement to work an extra hour per week …” (more)

[Martha Kearns, Sunday Business Post, 23 August]

New ASTI president to take up role

Posted in Governance and administration with tags on 1 August 2010 by Steve

“Jack Keane is the new President of the Association of Secondary Teachers of Ireland …” (more)

[BreakingNews.ie, 1 August]

Teacher unions back in talks on Croke Park deal

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , , on 24 July 2010 by Steve

“Divided teacher unions are back in separate talks with the Department of Education over the controversial Croke Park pay and reform package …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 24 July]

Teacher unions open to reform talks

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , , , , on 2 July 2010 by Steve

“… The executive of the Irish Federation of University Teachers (IFUT) decided yesterday it would enter talks as long as what is to be discussed is clear beforehand and that anything negotiated would be subject to a ballot of members before it could be agreed …” (more)

[Niall Murray, Irish Examiner, 2 July]

Three out of Four Teacher Unions Vote no – Second and Third level Education Unions Stand Together

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , , , , on 24 May 2010 by Steve

“IFUT votes 68% no — three of four teacher unions have now voted no — IFUT has today reiterated that it will not be bound by majority decision of Public Service unions …” (more)

[Paddy Healy’s Blog, 24 May]

Education ‘at risk’ as teachers wait 10 years for jobs

Posted in Governance and administration with tags on 24 May 2010 by Steve

“Second-level students are at risk of lower quality education because teachers face waiting up to a decade to get permanent jobs after qualifying, a union has claimed …” (more)

[Niall Murray, Irish Examiner, 24 May]

Unjustified Attack on Public Sector Pensions – 1-page resource

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , on 20 May 2010 by Steve

“Following a good suggestion from Denis O’Boyle who is also a member of the A.S.T.I. Pensions Committee, attached is a one page document with information about public service pensions that can be used to ‘win the argument’, confront politicians or write reply letters to newspapers when writers criticise us our pension arrangements …” (more)

[Seán Fallon, Paddy Healy’s Blog, 20 May]

Minister hopes to drive a stake through public service pensions

Posted in Legal issues with tags , on 14 May 2010 by Steve

“The following quotes from this year’s budget speech are very worrying: ‘The Government has decided … by the end of the year … it will change the calculation of benefits so that pensions are based on “career average” earnings rather than final salary on retirement as at present …'” (more)

[Sean Fallon, Paddy Healy’s Blog, 14 May]

Pensions endangered by Croke Park Proposals

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , , on 7 May 2010 by Steve

“Firstly, word games – and the expression ‘The Croke Park Deal’. As you know it is not a ‘Croke Park Deal’ at all but rather a ‘Croke Park Proposal’. It would only be a deal if the parties involved agreed to it. I think that by calling it a Deal the Government and ICTU are trying to give it more credibility than it deserves in the hope of a yes vote that suits their purposes rather than ours …” (more)

[Sean Fallon, Paddy Healy’s Blog, 6 May]

Science moved to the back burner as pupils no longer feel the spark

Posted in teaching with tags , on 21 April 2010 by Steve

“Science subjects are being abandoned at Leaving Cert in many Irish schools as cutbacks take effect and students show little interest in studying Physics and Chemistry. A recent survey by the ASTI shows how the government faces an uphill battle as it tries to boost the ‘knowledge economy’ …” (more)

[Independent, 21 April]