O'Keefe calls on teachers to 'think again'

Education Minister Batt O'Keefe has urged teachers intending to engage in strike action later this month to think again, for the sake of pupils and parents alike.

Education Minister Batt O'Keefe has urged teachers intending to engage in strike action later this month to think again, for the sake of pupils and parents alike.

All three teachers' unions have voted in favour of the November 24 stoppage in protest and proposed cuts to the sector in the upcoming Budget.

Teachers in schools across the country are expected to down chalk and join other public sector colleagues in the second "national day of action" protest, affecting some 800,000 students at primary and secondary level.

However Minister O'Keefe said today that the teachers' stoppage would cause difficulties for parents, both of whom may be working, in that they may be obliged to organise childcare.

"Teachers' unions, in any campaign they ever conducted, they had the interests of the child at heart," Mr O'Keefe said.

"It is not in that interest… to have this one-day strike, and they should really consider allowing the talks to continue."

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