Special report: The story of a dysfunctional union

The ASTI is losing numbers and hamstrung by outdated processes - now it has picked a fight it seems unlikely to win

30th October, 2016
Special report: The story of a dysfunctional union

When the ASTI was formed back in 1909, one of the stewards at its meeting in the Mansion House in Dublin was a maths teacher named Éamon de Valera. Another founding member was fellow 1916 leader Thomas McDonagh. But for a union with a such long history, the ASTI seems curiously unprepared for the serious industrial dispute it has just marched into. It has lost some of its most experienced people. It has failed to...

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