Secret union talks denied.
A merger involving the ATL, the National Union of Teachers and National Association of Schoolmasters and Union of Women Teachers has been rumoured for some time.
But before delivering her speech to the union's conference, ATL president Julie Grant read a statement from the union's executive dismissing claims that secret talks were being held.
She said, "Members have not sanctioned talks with other unions to discuss a timetable for merger or for federation.
"We will continue to talk with the other unions and work jointly as appropriate. Members of the ATL will decide; there are no timetables that we know about for discussing merger or federation."
In her speech to conference she urged the Government to deliver the money it had promised for the most experienced and best teachers.
She said, "I agree with some of the heads who spoke at the Secondary Heads Association conference last week, that not having enough money to allocate for the upper pay scale will lower morale and demotivate us, the classroom teachers."