The country's three main teacher trade unions are to ballot for industrial action following the rejection of the Croke Park II proposals.

The executives of the Irish National Teachers' Organisation, the Association of Secondary Teachers of Ireland and the Teachers' Union of Ireland made the decision at meetings held today.

They say industrial action would be triggered in the event of the Government proceeding unilaterally to impose pay cuts or worsen working conditions.

The ballots will be for industrial action up to and including strike action.