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Delegates at the ASTI annual convention in Cork. Photograph: Daragh Mc Sweeney/Provision

Teachers at many of the State’s fee-paying schools are treated like “second-class citizens” and paid well below official rates, a teachers’ union conf(...)

ASTI treasurer Ray St John at the conference in Cork.  Photograph:  Michael Mac Sweeney/Provision

Members of the Association of Secondary Teachers in Ireland (ASTI)) have warned the union is in danger of losing members over its opposition to junio(...)

Teaching has been seen traditionally as an attractive profession with status, decent conditions and a solid career path. But the impact of several yea(...)

Outgoing Minister for Education Jan O’Sullivan. File photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Teachers are frustrated, demoralised and angry. Many feel their profession has been under assault for too long and are determined to go to war on a n(...)

The reformed junior cycle still includes a major State exam at the end of third year, it will be accompanied by classroom-based assessments. File photograph: Peter Thursfield

The biggest second-level teachers’ union has hardened its opposition to reform of the junior cycle by directing members not to co-operate in any form(...)

Delegates at the ASTI conference in Cork  voted on Wednesday morning to stop working an additional 33 non-teaching hours per year. Photograph: Michael Mac Sweeney

Secondary school teachers have unanimously supported a motion to cease working additional hours agreed under the Croke Park pay deal, raising the pro(...)

Teacher Siobhán Peters: She estimates she is paid about €6,000 less than her colleagues and   many newly qualified teachers are even worse off.  Photograph: Carl O’Brien

Siobhán Peters works alongside teachers who do the same job, the same hours and have the same qualifications. But, because she graduated after 2011, (...)

Delegates at the ASTI conference in Cork yesterday. It heard that teachers who entered the profession after early 2011 faced pay gaps of 20 per cent. Photograph: Michael Mac Sweeney

Secondary school teachers have overwhelmingly supported a vote for industrial action on different pay scales which they say are undermining the profes(...)

Both second-level unions also will consider motions this week calling for ballots for industrial action to secure equal pay for teachers recruited after 2011. Photograph: The Irish Times

You could be forgiven for assuming there is not much at stake in this year’s series of annual teacher conferences. After all, there’s no minister for(...)

Acting Minister for Education Jan O’Sullivan. Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times

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

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