Elaine Byrne: Dystopian reality of the ASTI leadership

Elaine Byrne: Dystopian reality of the ASTI leadership
A 2014 ASTI Conference at Whites Hotel, Wexford Town pictured are delegates during the conference Pic: RollingNews.ie

Some of the people who teach Ireland’s children reject the values of compromise, cooperation and conciliation

The ASTI has become infected by Orwellianism. They live in a world bereft of reason. A place called Animal Farm where an all-out war on facts is raged. Welcome to 1984 and the dystopian reality of the ASTI union leadership. They have invented three new rules for their unreasonable industrial dispute.

Rule 1: “Doublethink”

For three weeks last November, the ASTI leadership sat in negotiations chaired by the Teachers’ Conciliation Council to hammer out a deal with...

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