Imminent School Closures a result of Government Intransigence – Carol Nolan TD
Sinn Féin spokesperson on Education and Skills, Teachta Carol Nolan, has said that the Government’s ham fisted approach to the ongoing dispute with teachers’ unions has resulted in the imminent school closures of secondary schools around the state on Monday.
Teachta Nolan said:
“From the outset the bully-boy and heavy handed approach to the genuine concerns of teachers has entrenched the position of the union and prolonged this dispute.
“The punitive imposition of FEMPI measures and the refusal of payment for substitution and supervision since September for ASTI members means that this situation was entirely foreseeable.
“The failure of the Government to make a firm commitment to equal pay for equal work and set out a clear roadmap for the unwinding of FEMPI – simple common sense measures that would take much of the heat out of this dispute – means that many members of the ASTI simply do not trust the current Government to act in good faith.
“This is further demonstrated by the fact that the Government has withdrawn the benefits of a permanent contract for ASTI members after two years of service as recommended under the Ward Report even though this does not fall under any collective agreement.
“The fact is that the imminent secondary school closures around the state on Monday are a result of Government intransigence and the Minister for Education and Skills needs to take responsibility.
“He has failed to negotiate effectively, he has failed to put appropriate contingency plans in place and he has failed the young people of this state who will suffer the most as a result of this dispute.”