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Secondary schools face strike action

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Thousands of secondary schools may be facing strike action as the main secondleve­l teachers’ union is to ballot its members for industrial action over unequal pay. The Associatio­n of Secondary Teachers Ireland (ASTI) has voted to ballot the union’s 17,000-plus members on industrial action over the unequal pay of teachers who entered the profession since 2010.

However, if a mandate for strike action is secured, this will only take place as part of a co-ordinated campaign with at least one other teachers’ union. ASTI last took industrial action, including strike action, over unequal pay in 2016. While the union says there have been improvemen­ts since, unequal pay remains despite ongoing campaignin­g by the ASTI and other teacher unions. The Teachers Union of Ireland is also set to take strike action over unequal pay on February 4, days before the general election. Any action potentiall­y to be taken by the ASTI will be after this date. 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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Deirdre MacDonald: Unequal pay in 2020 is unthinkabl­e.

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