ASTI suspend action as attempts to solve pay row intensify


Secondary students across the country are heading back to school today following the suspension of industrial action by the ASTI.

Last night, the union accepted an invitation from the Teachers' Conciliation Council to attend talks with the Department of Education aimed at resolving the dispute over pay and conditions.

Members will be available for teaching, supervision and substitution duties for the duration of the discussions, which are expected to continue until the end of November.

Education Minister Richard Bruton has welcomed the decision.

ASTI General Secretary Kieran Christie, says they chose to suspend the industrial action as a mark of good faith.

Meanwhile, Donegal Senator Padraig Mac Lochlainn says the Landsdowne Agreement must be replaced by a mechanism which recognises pay equality and paves the way for pay restoration.........