School strike action in January to hit Limerick

Nick Rabbitts

Reporter:

Nick Rabbitts

Teachers on strike outside CBS Sexton Street on the recent day of action
HUNDREDS of secondary school teachers across Limerick are expected to join a second day of action next month in protest at reforms to the Junior Cycle Programme.

HUNDREDS of secondary school teachers across Limerick are expected to join a second day of action next month in protest at reforms to the Junior Cycle Programme.

Thousands of students across the county are due to get a day off on Thursday. January 22, following the action confirmed late last week by the Association of Secondary Teachers in Ireland (ASTI) and the Teachers Union of Ireland (TUI).

The executive committee of both unions have decided, if necessary to take a third day of strike action.

Teachers are angry over changes to the Junior Cert programme which will see them having to assess their students’ work.

It looks like unless local TD, Education Minister Jan O’Sullivan holds further talks a second stoppage is likely, causing inconvenience to parents.

TUI president Gerry Quinn said: “It is clear from ongoing feedback from teachers in schools and through their union branch structures that teachers remain resolute in their opposition to the threat posed to educational standards by significant elements of the proposals. Specifically, they are opposed to the proposed introduction of teachers assessing their own students and are gravely concerned by the lack of capacity of schools after several years of cutbacks to cope with the magnitude of the changes.”

Mr Quinn said while teachers regret the inconvenience caused to both parents and students, their willingness to lose a second day of pay is “a clear indication of the level of their opposition” to the proposals.

“It was clear to teachers on picket lines they had the support of parents in their communities,” he concluded.