Union denies using pupils as ‘pawns’ in their dispute with department

The ASTI is defending claims it’s using school children as pawns in its dispute with the Department of Education.

The National Parents Council post primary yesterday hit out at the union calling for no more disruption to their children’s education and for any further industrial action to take place outside of teaching hours.

The ASTI executive council has recommended its members reject proposals which emerged from talks between the union and the department of education and are currently balloting teachers.

A result of that ballot will be known on February 3rd and over 30 schools in the North West would be affected if strike action goes ahead.

Neil Curran rejects suggestions they are using students for their own gain: