Strike ballot result at Irish union
5 May 2017
NUJ and SIPTU members employed by the ASTI trade union have voted unanimously in favour of taking industrial action, up to and including strike action. The union represents second level teachers in Ireland.
Peadar Nolan, SIPTU organiser, said:
"This result gives an unequivocal mandate for industrial action by SIPTU and NUJ members in this dispute. These workers had been left with little option other than balloting for industrial action following the repeated refusal of the management of the ASTI to engage in the Workplace Relations Commission (WRC) process in line with existing agreements and protocols.
"This afternoon the WRC contacted union representatives in relation to the dispute. Both unions welcome the intervention of the WRC. However, the intervention must be in the context of engagement towards addressing the issues in dispute and we are at this point seeking clarity in respect of this matter."
Séamus Dooley, NUJ acting general secretary, said:
"It is disappointing that this ballot was necessary. The unanimous support for industrial action reflects the mood of ASTI staff. We hope that ASTI leadership will reflect on the outcome and respond positively to the WRC invitation."