Kerry ASTI rep says further strike action could happen if major concessions not made


Fresh talks aimed to resolving the teachers dispute take place today.

Secondary schools are operating as normal today after the ASTI agreed to suspended its industrial action.

The union is attending talks this afternoon – which are being facilitated by the Chairperson of the Teachers’ Conciliation Council.

Members are calling for equal pay for new teachers and payment for supervision and substitution duties.

ASTI General Secretary Kieran Christie says he is hopeful of a positive outcome.

Meanwhile, the ASTI rep for Kerry and Limerick has warned if major concessions are not made by the Government more strike action before Christmas.

Matthew O’Connor said in recent weeks there has been 16 meetings between the union and the Department of Education to try and resolve the issue.

Mr O’Connor says the ASTI is delighted with the intervention but both sides remain very far apart: