ASTI and TUI members surveyed regarding the amalgamation of the two unions

ASTI President Geraldine O’Brien
ASTI President Geraldine O’Brien

A survey of members of the Association of Secondary Teachers in Ireland (ASTI) and Teachers’ Union of Ireland (TUI) was launched at the annual Teachers’ Conference on 3 April 2024.

The survey pertained to the proposed amalgamation of the two unions and it runs from Wednesday 10 April to Thursday 25 April.

The survey asks if members favour forming one single education union representing members in the Post Primary, Further/Adult, and Higher Education sectors.

It also asks if members support the continuation of the work towards amalgamation.

ASTI President Geraldine O’Brien said:

‘In recent times, representatives from the TUI and the ASTI have engaged in extensive discussions around the prospect of unification.

‘Both unions have engaged constructively and in good faith. We have examined both unions’ rulebooks, and continue to explore a potential structure for a new education union. There remains a considerable amount of work to be done if we continue to proceed with the project.’

TUI President David Waters said:

‘The ultimate aim is to create a new union that at its heart is member focussed. Any new entity would acknowledge and respect the traditions of each union, while also forging a new organisation that can face the ever-changing challenges of the industrial relations landscape.’

‘Of course, any outcome that emerges from our ongoing engagement will require comprehensive and substantial membership consultation within both unions and will ultimately be adjudicated upon in ballots of members.’

‘If the membership indicates its support for the work to continue, this survey will be another important step on this road.’

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