‘While ASTI’s leadership has claimed a principled stand on the rights of new entrants on lower pay, these younger members are the hardest hit as a result of the union’s strategy.’ Photograph: Getty Images

Just over a decade ago the Association of Secondary Teachers Ireland (ASTI) was mired in controversy and internal dysfunction. The union found itself(...)

Secondary school students taking part in group work as part of the new junior cycle.

Every three years, half a million 15-year-olds in more than 70 countries take a two-hour test designed to measure their ability to think. The release(...)

Students taking part in group work as part of the new junior cycle

This week thousands of students will take part in the first ever assessment task linked to the new junior cycle. It may not sound like much, but it’s(...)

EPA issues stark warnings

‘Imagine an Ireland where we take great care of our natural environment and protect the water, air and land that supports a thriving economy and a hea(...)

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, tea(...)

ASTI president Ed Byrne says the Government has not indicated what it is going to do in the long-term about pay inequalities. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

The president of the Association of Secondary Teachers in Ireland (ASTI) has said he is “very sceptical” about the proposed public sector pay commiss(...)

Teachers with the Association of Secondary Teachers Ireland protest outside Leinster House. The first of the ASTI’s seven one-day strikes in the dispute is due to take place next Thursday, and is set to close up to 525 – or two out of three – secondary schools.   File photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

The executive of the Teachers’ Union of Ireland (TUI) meets today to finalise plans for its members in response to the Association of Secondary Teache(...)

Hundreds of secondary schools are unlikely to reopen following the mid-term break unless a teachers’ dispute is resolved, school managers have warned. File photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Hundreds of secondary schools are unlikely to reopen following the mid-term break unless a teachers’ dispute is resolved, school managers have warned.(...)

ASTI members are currently balloting on proposals for industrial action over the issue of pay for recently-recruited teachers and the salary cuts of recent years.

Industrial action in second-level schools is the inevitable consequence of the constant downgrading of the terms and conditions of teachers over an ei(...)

Junior Cert students stand to lose up to 10 per cent in their English exams because of  a union row over classroom assessments. Photograph: Peter Thursfield

The State Examinations Commission has said it cannot award extra marks to thousands of junior cycle students who face losing 10 per cent in their Eng(...)

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