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News Archive 2016

INTO Members Vote for Strike
Friday, 23 December 16
The recent ballot of INTO members delivered a resounding mandate that INTO members are no longer prepared to see their contribution to the children and young people in their care, and the education system as a whole, undervalued by Management Side.

Bulletin 5: Strike Ballot Information
Tuesday, 13 December 16
Voting instructions for all members are available on our latest bulletin no. 5.

Community Divisions in Education-Impact on Teacher Careers
Monday, 12 December 16
PhD candidate, Matt Milliken is currently investigating ways in which community divisions in education within Northern Ireland impact upon teachers' careers. As part of his research he has produced an online survey which will only take 2-3 minutes to complete.

7,000 Teachers Being Balloted for Strike Action as Fair Pay Rise Talks Fail
Wednesday, 30 November 16
Thousands of teachers could be walking out of the classroom in December as Ireland's largest teachers' trade union has announced its intention to ballot its members for strike action.

Industrial Action Bulletin 4: Action Short of Strike: Update Sept 2016
Monday, 5 September 16
INTO congratulates our members on their stalwart support for the continuing action against the ongoing attacks on the education system arising from the savage cuts to the education sector. This action will continue at System Level and at individual School Level.

Bulletin 4: Advice to Members: November 2016
Wednesday, 23 November 16
The latest INTO Bulletin details advice to members on the new referral system from Education Psychology Service (EPS), the upcoming NASUWT Strike Action and the current ongoing ETI Consultations.

INTO Responses to ETI Consultations: November 2016
Tuesday, 22 November 16
The INTO has submitted responses to the latest ETI consultations on Monitoring Inspections, the Complaints Procedure and Revised Inspection Self-Evaluation.

School Gate Picket Success
Thursday, 10 November 16
Tuesday afternoon’s protests have sent a clear message to government – INTO teachers, along with fellow ATL, NAHT and UTU co-workers, refuse to be undervalued.

Joint Union Action: Tuesday 8 November
Friday, 28 October 16
The 4 teacher unions [INTO, UTU, ATL and NAHT] acting together have agreed to a series of actions to draw attention to and raise awareness of the pathetic pay offer made to teachers by the managing authorities. Our first joint action will be on Tuesday 8th November 2016.

Industrial Action: Bulletin 6
Friday, 28 October 16
INTO members to continue with updated Action Short of Strike Action from Monday 24 October 2016, until notified to the contrary.

Pay Talks Collapse
Wednesday, 12 October 16
Following more than 12 months of fruitless negotiation on teachers’ pay the Irish National Teachers' Organisation (INTO) has today, along with the other teacher unions in the Northern Ireland Teachers’ Council (NITC), walked out of talks with the Employers and the Department of Education.

Activate Your Membership Plus Card
Wednesday, 12 October 16
Win a £50 Gift Card if you activate your 2016-2018 Membership Plus Card before 31st October 2016.

Annual INTO Art Competition
Tuesday, 20 September 16
Since 2013 INTO has been celebrating the artistic talents of you, the members. To recognise the breadth of talent across INTO’s membership the 2017 Art Competition will be a photography competition.

INTO-UTU Pre-Retirement Seminars 2016-17
Tuesday, 20 September 16
INTO and UTU will be co-hosting six Pre-Retirement Seminars for members considering retirement at anytime in the next 5 years. The seminars will be delivered by Platinum Financial Services, the official advisors for INTO and UTU.

INTO Training Courses 2016-17
Thursday, 1 September 16
A number of training courses for School and Health & Safety Representatives and INTO members have been organised for the incoming year.

INTO Response to Minister's Academic Selection Announcement
Friday, 9 September 16
The INTO has written to all MLAs in the NI Assembly following the Minister of Education’s unilateral decision to alter his department’s advice outlined in ‘Guidance to Primary School Principal’s, Post-Primary Schools’ Boards of Governors and Principals, and the Education Authority on the process of transfer from primary to post-primary school from September 2016’.

TUFP 10th Anniversary Conference
Tuesday, 13 September 16
The Trade Unions Friends of Palestine (TUFP) are hosting their 10th Anniversary Conference on Friday 30th September - Saturday 1st October 2016 in UNISON Head Office, Belfast. This year's Conference is entitled 'Palestine 2016:  Existence is Resistance - The New Movement for Freedom in Palestine' and is open to all trade unionists.

Investing In The Teaching Workforce
Monday, 5 September 16
INTO welcomes the launch by Peter Weir MLA Education Minister of the Investing in the Teaching Workforce Pilot Scheme and acknowledges the valued contribution the previous Minister John O’Dowd MLA made in beginning the process.

School Reps Recruitment Promotion: September 2016
Tuesday, 23 August 16
FAO: All School Reps: For the month of SEPTEMBER 2016 ONLY: Invite a colleague to join INTO and be entered into a draw to win a cash prize.

INTO Bursary 2016-17: Grants for Educational Research
Monday, 22 August 16
The INTO awards five bursaries of €1,500 every year through the Grants for Educational Research Scheme.

Volunteering with VSO Ireland
Monday, 22 August 16
Feeling stuck in a rut and looking for an exciting new adventure to revitalise your education career? Volunteering with VSO Ireland could be the answer you’ve been looking for.

Show Your Support for Irish Medium Nurture Provision
Tuesday, 5 July 16
Support Scoil an Droichid and Bunscoil Bheann Mhadagáin as they ask you to sign their petition asking for the Minister of Education, Peter Weir to restore the funding promised to two IME schools for Nurture Units which was withdrawn on the last day of term in June.

Bulletin 3: Investing in the Teaching Workforce
Monday, 4 July 16

On Wednesday 29 June 2016 the Minister, Peter Weir, announced that a scheme to enable teachers aged 55 years and over to retire early and be replaced by recently qualified teachers will be launched at the start of the 2016/17 academic year.

 

Amnesty International: Free Ibrahim Halawa
Wednesday, 22 June 16
20 year old Irishman, Ibrahim Halawa has now been in prison in Egypt for more than a thousand days.

Brexit: ICTU Urges Vote To Remain
Tuesday, 26 April 16
On Thursday 23 June 2016, people in Northern Ireland and the rest of the UK will be voting in the EU Referendum. It’s a big decision which has big implications.

New Membership Benefit: Tax Refund Company
Monday, 13 June 16
Does HMRC have some of your money? Over 65% of Teachers been given the wrong tax code by HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) at some time in the last 4 years. As a result they will have paid too much tax without realising.

Annual Vere Foster Lecture
Thursday, 9 June 16
This year's annual Vere Foster lecture will take place at 6.30pm on Friday 24 June 2016 in INTO Northern Office, 24 College Gardens, Belfast BT9 6BS. All interested parties are welcome to attend.

Brexit - The Trade Union Debate
Friday, 27 May 16
The School of Sociology, Social Policy and Social Work, Queen’s University Belfast & Northern Ireland Committee - Irish Congress of Trade Unions invite you to attend "Brexit - the Trade Union Debate" at 5.00pm on Thursday 9 June 2016 chaired by Brian Campfield - ICTU President.

Press Release: INTO Seeks Meeting To 'encourage and challenge' New Education Minister
Thursday, 26 May 16
The Northern Secretary of the Irish National Teachers' Organisation (INTO) says the union will be seeking an urgent meeting with the new Minister for Education, Peter Weir MLA, to discuss the financial pressures which continue to stifle the education system.

INTO Recruitment Campaign: June 2016
Thursday, 19 May 16
From 1-24 June 2016 ONLY invite a colleague to join INTO and be entered into a draw to win a cash prize of £100 (1st prize) or £50 (2nd prize).

INTO Response To NASUWT Escalation of Industrial Action
Friday, 13 May 16
INTO/UTU members are advised NASUWT escalation of industrial action has no impact.

The Irish School Weekly - 1916 Souvenir Copy
Wednesday, 11 May 16
To mark the centenary of 1916 the INTO commissioned a souvenir edition of the Easter 1916 Irish School Weekly (ISW) and provided a copy to every delegate at Congress 2016.

Job Vacancies Northern Office
Friday, 29 April 16
Applications are invited for for the positions of Assistant Northern Secretary and Senior Official to be based in INTO Northern Office.

Thousands of Teachers Lobby Politicians in 'Stand Up For Education' Campaign
Friday, 29 April 16
Door knocking politicians on the electioneering trail are being lobbied by over 16,000 teachers in a new campaign which is calling on all political parties to put education at the forefront of their political agenda.

May Day Rally 2016
Tuesday, 26 April 16
The Annual ICTU May Day Rally and March takes place this Saturday 30 April 2016.

INTO Statement in Response to De La Salle College Inquiry Announcement
Thursday, 21 April 16
The Irish National Teachers' Organisation (INTO) will carefully study the announcement made this morning by the Minister for Education, John O'Dowd, in relation to an independent inquiry over the current situation at De La Salle College in Belfast.

INTO Principal/Vice-Principal Consultative Conference
Monday, 14 March 16
INTO is organising a consultative Conference for Principal and Vice-Principal members on Wednesday 20 April 2016 in The Glenavon House Hotel, Cookstown.

St Mary's UC ImaginED Event
Tuesday, 8 March 16
St Mary's Students' Union would like to invite INTO Members to the following event that they are hosting. The student-led event in partnership with the Belfast 'Imagine Festival of Ideas and Politics' is entitled 'ImaginED'.

INTO to Launch Major Lobbying Campaign Which Will Dominate 2016 Election Trail
Thursday, 3 March 16
The Northern Secretary of the Irish National Teachers' Organisation (INTO) is expected to confirm it will be launching a major lobbying campaign on a scale which is unprecedented in Northern Ireland in the run up to the election.

Irish News Article: Thurs 3 March 2016
Thursday, 3 March 16
For the attention of all INTO Members - Newtown Emerson's article in today's Irish News (Thursday 3 March 2016) is factually inaccurate.

GTC(NI) Election 2016
Monday, 29 February 16
INTO urges you to vote in the GTC NI Election by completing the ballot paper you have recently received from the independent scrutineer charged with ensuring a fair election to the GTC NI.

ICTU Rally For A Future
Monday, 1 February 16
Rally For A Future will take place on Saturday 6 February 2016 in Ballymena.

Bulletin 2: Assessment Update: January 2016
Thursday, 21 January 16
INTO instructs members to continue with industrial action in relation to End of Key Stage Assessment, as set out in previous bulletins, until further notice.

Bulletin 1: Investing In The Teaching Workforce: Update January 2016
Thursday, 21 January 16
Further information on the Investing In The Teaching Workforce Scheme.