Student strike action could put leaving cert 2016 in doubt

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    The association of leaving cert students of Ireland has today warned of strike action over controversial exams due to take place in June 2016.

    The union claim that long working hours, poor morale and a stressful working environment are all taking their toll on members and the union are demanding talks with the department of education.

    Speaking to theleavingcert.com on the morning of April 1st 2016, president of the ALSI, Rodrigo Rabbite said that his members are in support of taking action, up to and including all out strike action for the entire month of June…

    “It’s the centenary year. The year we celebrate rebellion and freedom from overlords. We’ve seen teachers go on strike numerous times over the years and get what they want. It’s our right to strike and we believe we have the support of not only all of our members, but also the general public. In no other profession are workers expected to work 30 hour weeks without pay and then do additional work at home. All we’re asking for is fair pay, and equal treatment for all members including new entrants in to the system”.

    Strike action during leaving cert exams would be unprecedented but with just two months until Leaving Cert 2016, time is running out for both sides to come to an agreement.

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