Huge number of strike dates announced for secondary school teachers
More than half the country's second-level schools are facing effective closure on Thursday October 27 in the row over pay.
The Association of Secondary Teachers Ireland (ASTI) has announced a wave of strike dates that will cause chaos in the education system.
They are threatening seven one-day strikes, and have also announced that they will withdraw from supervision and substitution duties from Monday November 7.
Their plan means schools would open again on October 28, when they are due to close again for the mid-term break. The would be due to re-open after the break, on Monday November 7.
The November 7 deadline give school managers insufficient time to put together workable contingency plan involving external supervisors who would be needed if teachers stopped doing this work.
Dates of one-day strikes:
Thursday, October 27
Tuesday, November 8
Wednesday, November 16
Thursday, November 24
Tuesday, November 29
Tuesday, December 6
Wednesday, December 7