Education Minister has accused the ASTI of blocking a pay rise for young teachers

rbrutThe Education Minister has accused the ASTI of blocking a pay rise for young teachers.

Three secondaty schools in Donegal are among hundreds across Ireland that remained closed today after their mid-term break in a row over wages.

Members of the ASTI have refused to carry out supervision or substitution duties until they're paid an extra 6 Euro a week.

Minister Richard Bruton says their refusal to join the Lansdowne Road pay deal is hurting newly qualified staff:

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Neil Curran is the ASTI's north west region representative - he says it would cost Minister Bruton nothing to end the dispute: