Fianna Fáil Spokesperson for Education and Skills Thomas Byrne has warned that secondary schools face significant disruption in the months ahead should the Government continue its policy of disengagement with the ASTI.
Deputy Byrne has called on the Minister for Education Richard Bruton to sit down and talk with the leaders of the ASTI to find a way forward for resolving the dispute.
“Yesterday’s vote by the ASTI is significant and signals that serious industrial unrest in our schools is just around the corner should teachers concerns not be taken on board by the Government,” said Deputy Byrne.
“We can’t have a situation where students and parents have to endure endless industrial unrest due to a breakdown in communication between the Government and the ASTI. Any form of strike action will inevitably impact on the education of students and will have knock on consequences for the rest of the education system.
“The Minister for Education Richard Bruton needs to immediately open up direct dialogue with the ASTI to find a pathway for resolving this dispute. The last Government sought to demonise the ASTI in its attempt to brush over the concerns that its members have. This has now clearly backfired and has only led to a further deterioration in relations between teachers and the state.
“Minister Bruton needs to undo the damage caused by his predecessor. He must talk with the ASTI, without any preconditions attached, to determine a way forward for solving this dispute without undermining the education of students.”