One in ten members of ASTI, one of Ireland’s largest teachers’ unions, is now retired


ONE in ten members of one of Ireland’s largest teachers’ unions is now retired.

he Association of Secondary Teachers Ireland (ASTI) conference in Cork was told that 10.7 per cent of its members are now emeritus members or retired teachers.

This means a significant increase in the proportion of retired teachers among union members over the past decade.

In 2016, only 7.8 percent of ASTI membership consisted of emeritus or retired members.

There are now 1,959 emeritus members of the union, with 69 honorary members for life.

Total union membership now stands at 18,323 – a slight decrease of 0.7 per cent from the figure of 18,452 in 2020.

Of the total union membership, 12,766 were women and 5,557 were men.

The primary membership declines were in job sharing (-8.1 percent) and associate non-proportional/cover-in teachers (-9 percent).

Temporarily furloughed teachers accounted for about 15.6 percent of the membership cuts.

However, the union welcomed the fact that student membership has grown significantly over the past three years.

In December 2017, ASTI had 37 student members, but that number had risen to 132 by last December, an increase of over 300 percent.

The union has a total of 11,386 full members, a membership that has remained stable despite the Covid-19 pandemic. One in ten members of ASTI, one of Ireland’s largest teachers’ unions, is now retired

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