ASTI general secretary Pat King has  predicted the next government, with a four- or five-year mandate, would feel confident enough to face down second level teachers - a move which could see closures of schools next autumn in the wake of strikes or lockouts. File photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Last week, as expected, members of the ASTI, voted strongly - albeit on a low turnout - to reject the Lansdowne Road agreement on public service pay. (...)

The TUI has said the Lansdowne Road agreement on public service pay restoration, which its members overwhelmingly rejected earlier this week, “failed to address critical issues that are swamping the education system”.

The Teachers’ Union of Ireland (TUI) is to ballot its members at second and third level for strike action as part of a campaign against “discriminator(...)

The decision by members of the ASTI and TUI to reject the Lansdowne Road agreement will have little real effect on the accord itself. However, it cou(...)

The financial emergency legislation published by Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform Brendan Howlin will allow the Government to pay – and to withhold – payments to teachers for supervision and substitution duties. Photograph: Eric Luke

Second-level teachers could lose out on thousands of euro in incremental pay rises and lump sum payments if their trade unions walk away from the new(...)

Kieran Christie: incoming ASTI general secretary

Recriminations continue within the ASTI over the rejected ballot for junior cycle reform. It’s not the finest hour for the 180-member central execu(...)

The second vote is aimed at closing off a doubt surrounding the legality of the ASTI/TUI industrial action

Secondary teachers receiving their Junior Cycle ballot papers this week are facing not one but two questions to vote on. The first is whether t(...)

The increased uptake in students taking higher level STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) subjects has been welcomed by educational(...)

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform Brendan Howlin: officials from his department reached a compromise with trade union representatives on May 30th which could see some public servants receive a €2,000 pay increase. Photograph: Eric Luke

Unite has become the latest organisation to recommend rejection of the proposed new public sector pay deal between unions and the Government. Speaking(...)

Speaking after the Irish National Teachers’ Organisation backed the Landowne Road Agreement, its  general secretary Sheila Nunan said the deal was an overdue restoration of some of the income teachers lost during the recession. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times.

Primary school teachers have voted to accept the Lansdowne Road Agreement on restoring public sector pay by a margin of nearly two to one. The result (...)

A comprehension question concerning a woman smuggling a tortoise onto an airplane   was one of the highlights of this year’s Junior Cert higher-level French exam. File photograph: Getty Images/iStockphoto

Whoever set this year’s Junior Cert higher-level French paper must have been in a good mood, judging by the general reaction to the paper. Many of t(...)