« BackKerry ASTI members and the Government ‘far apart’ in terms of reaching consensus

The Education Minister has accused the ASTI of blocking a pay rise for young teachers.

Hundreds of secondary schools remain closed today after their mid-term break in a row over wages.

Members of the ASTI have refused to carry out supervision or substitution duties until they’re paid an extra 6 Euro a week.

Minister Richard Bruton says their refusal to join the Lansdowne Road pay deal is hurting newly qualified staff.

Members of the ASTI and the Government are ‘far apart’ in terms of reaching a consensus.

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That’s according to ASTI Kerry and Limerick representative Mathew O’Connor who said it was ‘regrettable’ an agreement could not have been arrived at during talks last Friday.

Hundreds of schools are closed today after the Association of Secondary Teachers in Ireland withdrew from supervision and substitution duties.

Mr O’Connor called for Minister Richard Bruton to have ‘proper talks’ with teachers on the issue, describing his comments as disingenuous.

He says substitution and supervision are small issues in terms of the amounts of money involved: