Teacher activist and member of The Association of Secondary Teachers in Ireland.
The ASTI union has led the campaign for equal pay despite a brutal right-wing Government’s abuse of power in using FEMPI to withhold increments and other elements of pay and conditions in order to coerce members into backing down. Members had the courage to face down the Government for completely honorable reasons – equal pay for equal work. Every worker has gained from the ASTI’s action. The partial restoration of LPT pay was due to the determination of the ASTI to force the issue through refusal to sign up to LRA and to take industrial action. The suspension of industrial action by a minority of 240 members on the 10th June last means having now to comply with the Junior Cycle, at least until the ballot result is known in October which CEC recommends to reject. Annette Mooney will be speaking on a personal capacity and will discuss the grassroots fightback group