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# collapsed talks
Jan O'Sullivan rules out any more compromise on her Junior Cycle reforms
Teaching unions rejected a revised set of proposals today.
"Last resort": Teachers could strike over Junior Cert reforms
The Department of Education said that talks are ongoing between the Minister and teachers.
# sir sir sir
10 Things Every Teacher Knows To Be True
Those who can, teach.
# Under fire
Ruairí Quinn: Being booed and heckled by teachers 'certainly wasn't enjoyable'
Meanwhile, the Department of Education has denied that the Minister was trying to suggest a higher level maths requirement would get more men into the teaching profession.
# rumble for ruairi
Education Minister faces sustained heckling and booing as he speaks to secondary teachers
The minister had earlier today faced the ire of primary teachers.
# Pay Cuts
TUI chief: Woe betide the Government if it reneges on Haddington promises
John MacGabhainn’s also calling for the TUI and the ASTI to merge, in order to deal in a more unified way with threats and challenges in the sector.
# Secondary School
Teachers say teenagers experiencing increased levels of emotional difficulties due to the recession
The ASTI are calling for more resources to help students with emotional difficulties or who are victims of bullying.
# Dispute
Teachers to hold "symbolic" lunchtime protests over new Junior Cycle
A teacher will remain in the school to supervise students during the protests.
# Junior Cert
Quinn 'regrets' teachers' decision to ballot for industrial action
27,000 ASTI and TUI members are to be balloted on non-co-operation with the new Junior Cycle.
# junior cycle student award
4.5 days: The amount of training English teachers will get for junior cycle reform
Education Minister Ruairí Quinn said he “would’ve loved” if the working group on junior certificate reform could have met last year but ASTI made that impossible.
# junior cycle student award
Quinn prepared to have Dept officials meet with concerned teachers
Teachers have expressed their concern about the implementation of the new Junior Cycle Student Award, which will replace the Junior Cert.
# jcsa
ASTI and TUI to ballot members on non-cooperation with new Junior Cert
The unions say teachers’ concerns over the planned revamp of the junior cycle aren’t being addressed.
# News Fix
Here’s What Happened Today: Thursday
Everybody’s talking about goings-on at St Vincent’s Hospital, Luke ‘Ming’ Flanagan, and the IMF on the bondholders…
# Teachers
ASTI accepts latest Haddington Road Agreement
ASTI General Secretary Pat King said failure by the Government to meet its commitments under the deal would be unacceptable.
# teachers vote
Result of ASTI Haddington Road vote expected this evening
In a second vote on the Government pay deal, union leaders have urged secondary teachers to reject it.
# Industrial Action
Payment for supervision and substitution to stop in 2014 if ASTI reject Haddington deal
The ASTI warns this will lead to a ‘serious escalation’ of the current industrial dispute in schools.
# News Fix
Here’s What Happened Today: Monday
Everyone’s talking about the sentencing of Thomas Byrne, arrests over the Phoenix Park murder and more ‘top up’ revelations.
# Haddington Road
ASTI promises "strong action" if teachers are made redundant
Nearly 50 posts have been identified as being over the official quota and could be targeted for redundancy, but the ASTI says it will take action if members are hit.
# reform plan
"Initiative overload": ASTI bring Junior Cycle concerns to TDs and Senators
Teachers say they have major concerns about how the plans will be implemented. Initial talks with the Department took place on Monday.
ASTI: 'Schools are being run on a shoe-string and teachers have had enough'
The General Secretary Pat King said if teachers vote no to the Haddington deal then industrial action will continue.
# News Fix
Here’s What Happened Today: Saturday
Everybody’s talking about the aid crisis in the Philippines, Labour senator injured and the ASTI’s refusal to accept the Haddington Road deal.
# Teachers
ASTI recommends members reject Haddington Road deal
The Central Executive Committee decided today that the Haddington Road proposals should be put to a members’ vote.
# Teachers
ASTI recommends ballot of members on new proposals
The new proposals on the Haddington Road Agreement are the result of talks between union representatives and the department.
# Haddington Road
Quinn "hopeful" for progress in ASTI dispute as areas of discussion identified
However, the Education Minister said that the “terms and conditions” of the guarantee are not under his control.
Movement in teachers dispute as ASTI to meet department officials tomorrow
The discussions have come about as a result of informal talks that took place between the parties last week.
# Budget 2014
Anti-austerity march calls on unions to support ASTI
Mick O’Reilly of the DCTU said that politics of austerity amounted to a “war on working people’ with the best defence in that war “unflinching solidarity”.
Unions to mount "intensive political campaign" against emergency financial law
One union leader says he’ll be seeking a meeting with the Taoiseach to talk about repealing the FEMPI measures, which affect workers who rejected Haddington Road.
# Schools
Teacher substitution scheme cost almost €90 million last year
The Department of Education also has spent over €110 million in costs directly associated with transition year over the past couple of years.
# Teachers
ASTI teachers start industrial action from today
The action will see teachers refuse to attend meetings outside of normal school hours.
# you told us
Top readers' comments of the week
Here’s our round-up of the most interesting and most popular comments from this week. Did you make it in?
# Teachers
ASTI hits out at principals' group over comments on industrial action
The President of the NAPD had said that the decision by ASTI members to withdraw duties outside of normal school hours, presented “an appalling vista” for principals.
# Teachers
Taoiseach: "This is the Haddington Road Agreement, it will not be renegotiated"
Enda Kenny asked secondary teachers to consider the implications of industrial action which is due to start next week.
# Industrial Action
ASTI: 'If they impose further changes we will be forced to react'
The ASTI General Secretary Pat King said they won’t be accepting any further cuts.
# Your Say
Poll: Do you agree with the ASTI's plan for industrial action?
Teachers are to undertake industrial action next Wednesday and have appealed for the public’s support. Do they have yours?
# Solidarity
TUI members will not cover the work of ASTI teachers during industrial action
The TUI has also said that no element of the Haddington Road Agreement is to be implemented in schools yet.
# Haddington Road
ASTI boss: Teachers' action is "not about pay"
Pat King has said the planned action will affect students only “marginally”. Teachers will withdraw from out-of-hours duties including parent and staff meetings from tomorrow week.
# Teachers
'It's not changeable': Tánaiste and Howlin say no renegotiation of Haddington Road
The two Labour ministers’ comments come in the wake of ASTI members rejecting the public sector pay deal.
# Teachers Strike
ASTI industrial action to begin on 2 October
The union says that it will withdraw from school meetings, in-service training and parent-teacher meetings.
# Teachers
ASTI to discuss industrial action by teachers
In a ballot on Friday, teachers rejected the Haddington Road public sector pay deal and voted in favour of industrial action.