Second teachers' union to vote on strike action in pay row

A second teachers’ union is to ballot members about taking strike action over pay.

The ASTI will ballot more than 17,000 secondary school teachers over two-tiered pay affecting people who have entered the profession since 2010.

Planned strike action by another teachers’ union next month is already set to force hundreds of schools to shut days before the General Election.

Members of the Teachers’ Union of Ireland (TUI) will hold a one-day strike on the same issue on February 4.

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Details of the ASTI ballot will be confirmed at a later date.

The union’s central executive council confirmed the decision to ballot members after a meeting in Dublin yesterday.

The body approved a motion to ballot ASTI members on industrial action “to be taken in conjunction with one or both of the other teacher unions”.

After announcing the decision, ASTI president Deirdre MacDonald said: “It is unthinkable that in 2020 some teachers have inferior pay arrangements even though they are doing the same work as their colleagues in the next classroom.”

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