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Press Releases 2016

INTO Teachers to Strike in the New Year
Friday, 23 December 2016
TEACHERS in Northern Ireland have overwhelmingly voted in favour of strike action in the New Year as the largest teachers' union in Ireland has now been mandated by its members to take action over the ongoing pay dispute.

7,000 Teachers Being Balloted for Strike Action as Fair Pay Rise Talks Fail
Wednesday, 30 November 2016
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.

Pay Talks Collapse
Wednesday, 12 October 2016
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.

Minister Seeks to Turn Back Time
Thursday, 8 September 2016
In light of today’s announcement by the Education Minister Peter Weir MLA, INTO reiterates its opposition to the use of academic selection in the transferring of pupils from primary to post-primary school.

Investing in the Teaching Workforce
Monday, 5 September 2016
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.

INTO Seeks Meeting To 'encourage and challenge' New Education Minister
Thursday, 26 May 2016
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.

Northern Conference 2016: Press Release - ETI Pay Lip Service to Education Committee Recommendations
Wednesday, 2 March 2016
INTO has major concerns over the lack of engagement by the ETI with the recommendations of the Assembly Education Committee following their inquiry into ETI and school improvement, in particular with regard to changes to the inspection process and the ETI complaints procedure.

Northern Conference 2016: Press Release - Maternity Pay
Wednesday, 2 March 2016
Delegates assembled at the Northern Conference of the Irish National Teachers’ Organisation (INTO), in the Hilton Hotel, Templepatrick, today expressed concerns that repeated claims for improvements in teachers’ maternity pay have been refused.

Northern Conference 2016: Press Release - School Governance Must Be Reformed
Wednesday, 2 March 2016
Delegates assembled at the Northern Conference of the Irish National Teachers’ Organisation (INTO), in the Hilton Hotel, Templepatrick, today discussed the fact there are no arrangements in place to ensure the governance arrangements of a school are fit for purpose.

Northern Conference 2016: Press Release - Special Needs Proposals Will Lead To Increase in Behavioural Problems
Wednesday, 2 March 2016
Delegates assembled at the Northern Conference of the Irish National Teachers’ Organisation (INTO), in the Hilton Hotel, Templepatrick, today expressed concerns that proposals to address the Special Needs of pupils may lead to increases in violence in classrooms.

Northern Conference 2016: Press Release - Substitute Teachers' Entitlements Must Be Honoured
Wednesday, 2 March 2016
Delegates assembled at the Northern Conference of the Irish National Teachers’ Organisation (INTO), in the Hilton Hotel, Templepatrick, today expressed anger that an agreement to pay substitute teachers’ sick pay from the 1st January 2016 is being frustrated by the Department of Education.

NITC Press Release: Pay Award to Teachers - An Insult - Union Claims
Friday, 26 February 2016

The Northern Ireland Teachers Council [NITC], the umbrella group of the five teaching unions in Northern Ireland, hit out today at a proposed pay award for teachers.

Cautious Welcome for Revised Pupil Assessments
Wednesday, 24 February 2016
The Irish National Teachers’ Organisation (INTO) has issued a cautious welcome to the Ministerial correspondence to schools relating to the End of Key Stage assessment arrangements for 2015/16.