ASTI talks to recommence on Monday

Update 3.35pm: Secondary teachers who are threatening to strike have wrapped up their talks with the Department of Education, saying they will meet again on Monday.

That leaves just 72 hours for talks before schools are due to close for the first of seven strike days.

Teachers are also threatening to withdraw from supervision and substitution duties after the mid-term break.

Their union the ASTI is seeking better entry pay levels for new colleagues.

Earlier:

Senior members of the ASTI will meet Department of Education officials today.

They'll be discussing the pay row which has prompted a campaign of industrial action that will bring strike days and withdrawal of supervision duties in the coming weeks.

The Department of Education is turning to media outlets to advertise and recruit people to help out in covering supervision and substitution duties.

Minister Richard Bruton is due to cut short a trade mission to China and return on Friday because of the situation.

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