13 October 2016 - Statement following the decision taken today by ASTI members

The Minister notes with disappointment the decision taken today by ASTI members.

The Minister has repeatedly expressed his belief that dialogue between his Department and ASTI is in the best interests of schools, parents, students and teachers. He has also expressed his willingness to extend the benefits of the recent agreement reached with TUI and INTO on new entrant pay to ASTI members in the context of the union’s cooperation with the Lansdowne Road Agreement. This agreement is worth €135,000 to a teacher over their career.

Furthermore, the Minister has also repeatedly offered that if ASTI suspend their directive on withdrawal from the Croke Park Hours while talks are taking place, the Department can in return suspend the implementation of measures associated with the union’s repudiation of the Lansdowne Road Agreement. 

The issues of concern to ASTI members can only be resolved through dialogue. Following the ballot result today, the Minister hopes that the union can now engage in constructive dialogue with the Department.