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# Teachers Strike
ASTI chief: Teachers have had enough
Pat King said that the “fabric of schools” is being taken away.
# teaching unions
TUI votes to accept Haddington Road after ASTI members say 'no'
The TUI’s General Secretary said members had accepted the public sector pay deal reluctantly, but that in this case it was the “lesser of two evils”.
# Public Pay
ASTI reject Haddington Road agreement, vote for industrial action
The union representing 17,000 secondary teachers voted by way of a 63 per cent majority to reject the deal.
# Payback
One teacher gets €8,573 cheque as over 1,600 receive arrears from Department
Arrears totalling €4 million have been repaid, after problems calculating rates for new teachers last year.
# Public Pay
Another union votes in favour of Haddington Road deal
The Association of Higher and Civil Public Servants has voted 64 to 36 per cent to back the agreement.
# Teachers
TUI, ASTI recommend ballot of members on Haddington Road pay deal
The teachers’ unions both decided today to recommend a ballot of their members. The move comes after a number of unions accepted the deal.
# Public Sector
Brian Hayes: 'Unions who reject new public pay deal will face harsher cuts'
Negotiations have “concluded” on the Haddington Road deal, said the junior finance minister, adding less favourable conditions will apply to those unions who reject it.
# need to know
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# Teachers
Three teachers unions to ballot for industrial action including possible strikes
The executives of the ASTI, the TUI and the INTO have decided to begin balloting members next month.
# Education
Teachers discuss Croke Park II at conferences
INTO President spoke of “increasing anger” over education cuts.
# croke park 2
Secondary teachers' union to recommend No vote on pay proposals
The ASTI says public sector workers have already contributed enough, and savings should be made through the tax system.
# Education
PHOTOS: Teachers protest over class sizes and unequal pay
The three main teachers’ unions held the rally at Leinster House, demanding ‘equal pay for equal work’.
# Education
Valuing Education protest to be held near Dáil today
The pre-Budget rally will look at a number of issues, including pay for young teachers.
# Education
Teachers respond to Taoiseach's 40-hour-week request
Teachers’ unions say they already work more than 40 hours a week – and more than their counterparts across the globe.
# Back To School
New teachers' salaries down 30 per cent since 2010
Unions hope the government will lift the suspension on new teachers’ allowances in a cabinet meeting next week.
# Leaving Cert
Leaving Cert students asked to reflect during 'challenging' English exam
The theme for today’s higher level paper was Memories.
# Bullying
School which expelled pupils over abusive Facebook posts won't comment
The school is reported to have suspended four pupils earlier this week. Separately, the Education Minister has opened an anti-bullying forum in Dublin today.
# Education
Ruairi Quinn refuses to rule out cuts to teacher allowances
The Minister for Education said Fine Gael Senator Fidelma Healy-Eames was ‘misinformed’ in her criticism of his policies.
Column: Smart economy? Schools are so hamstrung they’re cutting subjects
If we want that ‘knowledge economy’ we’re always hearing about, the Government needs a serious change of direction, writes Aaron McKenna.
# Daily Fix
The Daily Fix: Tuesday
All the biggest news stories from the day, as well as the few bits and pieces you might not have seen.
# LGBT Rights
Quinn will back move to stop discrimination against gay teachers
The education minister is “determined” to amend laws allowing schools to discriminate on the basis of their religious ethos.
# Croke Park Deal
Teachers warn of strike ballots if allowances are cut
Both the TUI and ASTI say they will consider any cuts to teachers’ allowances as a breach of the Croke Park Agreement.
# Teachers
Three teacher conferences to take place this week
The INTO will debate a motion demanding that the guarantees under the Croke Park Agreement that there will be no further pay cuts or compulsory redundancies will continue to apply – or they will ballot for industrial action.
# TY
Teachers' union rejects Friends of the Elderly's Transition Year claims
Earlier today, the Friends of the Elderly said they wanted the “self-indulgent” year scrapped.
# Teachers
Teacher healthcare service cost Dept of Education €1m last year
The department said that the system has led to a 15 per cent reduction in teacher absenteeism over four years.
# Education
Teachers angry as allowances suspended
The Teachers Union of Ireland has claimed the suspension will lead to a further loss of income for new teachers of up to 15 per cent.
# Junior Cert
Junior Cert to be significantly changed under new scheme
Minister of Education gives his approval to NCCA’s proposals to change the focus of the Junior Cert from rote learning and state exams.
# Public Pensions
Teachers attack 'larcenous' and 'unjust' plans for public pension reform
Unions claim a new reform of pensions mean that new teachers will pay more into their pension funds than they’ll get back out.
# Schools
"Unqualified" maths teachers to receive training
A new survey has shown that out of 2,045 maths teachers in Irish secondary schools, 49 were not qualified to teach the subject and 596 have just some studies done in the subject.
# Education
Ruairi Quinn: Michael Noonan has a tougher job than Michael Collins...
The Education Minister warns secondary school teachers that budgets are tight as the State’s first Finance Minister Collins had “more room for manouevre” than his most recent successor.
# Education
Teachers' groups broadly welcome FF and Labour education plans
But both the ASTI and the INTO say many of the proposals have been previously mooted and ask: Why haven’t they been implemented already?