The Association of Secondary Teachers Ireland (ASTI) has said it has accepted an invitation to enter talks with the Labour Relations Commission on a revised public service pay agreement.

The executive of the teaching union confirmed this afternoon that it would join the talks alongside the Irish National Teachers' Organisation and the Teachers' Union of Ireland.

The ASTI is currently balloting its members on industrial action to be taken if the Government goes ahead with pay cuts.

It is due to announce the results of that ballot on Monday.

ASTI General Secretary Pat King said: "Teachers have given a clear message. Teachers feel aggrieved that the Government is again demanding that public servants bear the brunt of the fiscal crisis.

"This is the context in which the ASTI is accepting the LRC's invitation to education sector talks."

The union rejected the Croke Park II proposals last month.

The Irish Federation of University Teachers (IFUT) will announce on Monday whether it will join the talks.