BREAKING NEWS: Schools in Donegal will be open tomorrow

Asti suspends industrial action with immediate effect

Michael Daly

Reporter:

Michael Daly

BREAKING NEWS: Schools in Donegal will be open tomorrow

The Association of Secondary Teachers Ireland (Asti) is to suspend its industrial action with immediate effect following the intervention of a third party.

This means all secondary schools in Donegal (and elsewhere) which were closed as a result of the Asti’s dispute will be open tomorrow.

The Asti had earlier said it was open to the idea of a third-party mediator stepping in to help resolve its dispute.

More than 500 of the State’s 736 secondary schools were closed on Tuesday as a result of a strike by the union over pay levels for new entrants. More than 250,000 students have been affected.

Eleven Donegal secondary schools were closed today, with the second of seven days of ASTI strike action under way.

The Association of Secondary Teachers Ireland (ASTI) approved seven days of strike action between now and December 7th.

Three Donegal schools were also closed on Monday, resulting from ASTI’s decision, in a separate action, to withdraw supervision and substitution duties from November 7th.

ASTI pickets were set up at 11 Donegal schools today. The strike action stems largely from demands for pay equality for newly qualified teachers.