How teacher unions have been divided and conquered

Staffroom tensions simmer as different tactics drive a wedge between representatives

Madeleine Ní Ghallchobhair, a teacher of Irish and English who graduated in 2012, feels there has been a deliberate strategy at Government level to divide the different teacher unions. Above, TUI and ASTI members on strike in 2014. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Madeleine Ní Ghallchobhair, a teacher of Irish and English who graduated in 2012, feels there has been a deliberate strategy at Government level to divide the different teacher unions. Above, TUI and ASTI members on strike in 2014. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Teachers’ unions are usually at one on most issues: protecting pay rates, investing in education and improving outcomes for children.

But today, teachers’ representative bodies are deeply divided.

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