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February 2016

INTO in the Media

Primary school teachers to vote on strike action – Donegal News
29 Feb 2016
Donegal primary teachers are being asked to vote in support of industrial action in the next week. The Irish National Teachers Organisation are balloting all members for industrial action on the loss of close to 4,000 management posts and the resulting increase in workload. “These posts of responsibility are the only way in which primary school teachers can get a promotion and gain the necessary experience to become a Principal Teacher,” local INTO spokeswoman Aine McGinley said. “It is an unfortunate that the moratorium on posts was lifted in the public sector, however teachers still face this ban on promotion. The work has been carried out by teachers already under the pressure of an increasing work load, but now we are seeking to take action that will allow us equal opportunities with our public sector colleagues,” she added…

Radio Kerry - 17:30 News    
29 Feb 2016
Primary school teachers to ballot on industrial action. Ireland's primary teachers are to ballot an industrial action this week. Interview with Peter Mullan of the INTO.

INTO job action balloting under way - Donegal Democrat and Donegal People's Press
29 Feb 2016
Balloting is to start in Donegal and across the country today as members of the INTO consider industrial action in response to a loss of management posts. The union’s central executive committee is asking members to vote for industrial action. The INTO will ballot members from February 29th to March 3rd. The INTO said close to 4,000 posts of responsibility have been lost over the past five years because of the recruitment moratorium, leading to an increasing workload for teachers. “It has to be resolved in some shape or form in the coming year,” Michael Weed, a member of the INTO national executive for Donegal and Leitrim, said...The INTO said the continued ban on promotion in schools and increasing workload for teachers denies un-promoted teachers opportunities for promotion and places additional work on promoted teachers. The union said the ban means that principals who are teachers as well are trying to run a school without a full in-school management team. “This is interfering with management in the schools,” Mr. Weed, a teacher at Meenagowan National School in Lettermacaward, said...   

Galway Bay FM - FYI Galway    
29 Feb 2016
Primary school teachers to ballot on industrial action. Ireland's primary teachers are to ballot on industrial action this week. Interview with Peter Mullan, INTO.

FM104 - 17:00 News    
29 Feb 2016
A ballot of INTO members has begun. Teachers will be deciding whether or not to take industrial action at primary schools. Interview with Assistant General Secretary Peter Mullan.

Kildare FM - 17:00 News    
29 Feb 2016
Kildare Primary School Teachers Being Balloted On Industrial Action. Primary school teachers at Kildare's 100 national schools are to be balloted for industrial action by the INTO.

NewsTalk - 17:00 News    
29 Feb 2016
Primary teachers to be balloted on industrial action this week. The country's 33,000 primary school teachers will be balloted for industrial action over what their union says is the continued ban on job promotion, as well as an increasing workload. Peter Mullan of the INTO.

4FM - News    
29 Feb 2016
33,000 Primary School Teachers To Be Balloted For Industrial Action. The country's 33,000 primary school teachers will be balloted for industrial action over what the unions says is a continued ban on job promotion as well as an increase in work load. Interview with Peter Mullan of INTO.

FM104 - 15:00 News    
29 Feb 2016
Primary school teachers will be balloted for industrial action. The dispute centres on ban on promotions in schools as well as teachers increasing workloads. Interview with Assistant General Secretary INTO, Peter Mullan.

Q102 - News    
29 Feb 2016
Teachers will be balloted for industrial action. A ballot of Irish National Teachers Organisation members has begun. Teachers will be deciding whether or not to take industrial action.Primary teachers to ballot industrial election. Interview with INTO Assistant General Secretary Peter Mullan.

Berrings National School - Southern Star
27 Feb 2016
..Berrings NS welcomed a very special visitor to their school, when president of the INTO Emma Dineen spent some hours visiting classrooms where she met the children and staff. The children sang songs, recited poetry and asked her some very interesting questions about her role in education. Her big chain of office with the 32 medals and insignia intrigued the children. The 6th class pupils presented Emma with a plague to mark the occasion of her visit to the school.

Desperate families unable to secure school places – Forum Newspaper and Meath Chronicle
25 and 27 Feb 2016
Many desperate Ashbourne families are unable to find primary school places for their children, with the five local primary schools coming under pressure each year and the numbers of parents applying far exceeding the number of school places available…“Recent INTO figures show that 30 per cent of Meath’s schools have class sizes of 30 or more, 10 pupils more than the EU average of 20. Large class sizes undermine the ability of teachers to provide the best educational experience for children, and so educational outcomes suffer as a result.”

Restore cuts in education – Tipperary Star and Nenagh Guardian
25 and 27 Feb 2016
The reduction of provision for education at all levels by the current and previous governments is an attack on that right, Cllr. Seamus Healy has stated. “Young children need a good start in education in order to benefit fully at further and higher levels. That is why I strongly support the demands of the Irish National Teachers Organisation. Class size is a huge issue…

National teachers to be balloted on industrial action - Highland Radio
25 Feb 2016
Members of the Irish National Teachers Organisation are to vote on industrial action in the next week. The INTO says in the last five years, close to 4000 management posts have been lost in Primary Schools countrywide...

INTO members in Donegal and Leitrim asked to support industrial action - Donegal Democrat
25 Feb 2016
Primary school teachers across Donegal and Leitrim branches of the INTO are being asked to support industrial action, beginning with withdrawal of cooperation for the new model of inspection, School Self Evaluation...

INTO calls on candidates to support primary education campaign - Radio Kerry
24 Feb 2016
Primary teachers will head to the polls three times this month... In the general election the union is urging its members to vote for candidates who support the INTO’s Stand up for primary education campaign...

INTO balloting teachers for strike action – Leitrim Observer
24 Feb 2016
Local national school teachers will be balloted for industrial action by union INTO over the coming weeks. INTO said that planned cuts to education would devastate the sector both today and “for generations to come”. The INTO believe that education should be protected from financial pressures and a long term economic strategy should have education at its core. INTO says it will continue to resist “the proposed savage cuts and urge others to do likewise”. The union is also highlighting issues caused by the continued promotion ban in schools and the increasing workload being placed on teaching staff…

Getting exercised about our students' health - Irish Independent
24 Feb 2016
Schools say tuck shop is not the only battleground for fighting the flab...Emma Dineen, president of the INTO says schools can and do play their part to promote healthy lifestyles and combat childhood obesity, but need "real support from government, not circulars which talk about a healthy lifestyle". She produces a raft of statistics to show the commitment within the primary sector to health-promotion activities and believes the policy-makers need to look closer to home if they want to help schools to do a better job in fighting the national flab...

Primary teachers head to the polls – Roscommon Herald
23 Feb 2016
Primary teachers will be asked to cast ballots three times in as many weeks. Along with the rest of the country, teachers will cast their votes in the general election. The following week members of the INTO will cast their ballots in a vote on industrial action on the promotion ban in schools and increasing workload. Finally every primary teacher will be asked to vote in a ballot to elect a new Teaching Council to regulate the profession. In the general election the union is urging its members to vote for candidates who support the INTO’s Stand Up For Primary Education campaign. This identifies key issues for teachers and the primary education system in the near future. These include pay equalisation, class size and school staffing, the public service pension levy, principal teachers, the lack of promotion in schools, teachers’ salaries, supports for children in primary schools, school funding and school computing. According to the INTO the quality of Irish teachers is second to none. “Irish teachers work longer, teach more children and deliver better outcomes than colleagues in other countries,” said INTO Central Executive Committee Representative Joe Killeen. “Irish primary teachers are let down by key infrastructure and systems failures that need to be tackled in the coming years.”…

Anti-Austerity Alliance TD says restoring public sector pay is "first priority"- Newstalk.com
19 Feb 2016
Ruth Coppinger says teachers, nurses and others should get more..."Teachers should be paid what they were paid before - they should have their pay reinstated fully - as by the way should nurses and many public sector workers. That...would be first priority"... In reply, the INTO has said teacher unions did not negotiate cuts to new teacher salaries. "The cuts were imposed in 2011 by the then-government and opposed by teacher unions", it added...

Unions to seek full restoration of pay if law abolished - Irish Times
19 Feb 2016
Public sector unions will lodge a €2 billion pay claim if Fianna Fáil abolishes emergency legislation – introduced during the economic crisis to cut pay – as promised in its manifesto...Teachers’ unions, including the ASTI and the INTO, also said they would seek the recovery of lost wages, the removal of the pensions levy and an end to lower salary scales for new teachers....

Everything about the Lego Rising tribute is awesome – Irish Examiner
16 Feb 2016
…Last week, the boys of third class in Sunday’s Well National School in Cork City uploaded their own Lego figure depiction of the Easter Rising on YouTube. Since then, it has been viewed almost 60,000 times, and among those commenting was one Ian MacDonagh, who wrote: “My great grandfather Thomas MacDonagh would be impressed I’m sure, well done everyone!"...According to the INTO, the Rising and how it should he approached in schools is a current hot topic, with the primary history curriculum referring to our identity being “shaped by the cultural and social experiences of many different peoples in the past”. The INTO has developed an online resource for teachers to explore the 1916 Rising and provide active learning for pupils, and one of those responsible for it, Ann Murtagh, said teachers “ are under a certain amount of pressure to be innovative”...

Ban on promotions a major issue ahead of INTO ballot – Clare Champion
12 Feb2016
Former president of the INTO, Sean McMahon, has described the eight-year ban on promotion in primary schools as intolerable and said it is having a “severe impact and is compromising” the running of local schools…Speaking about the prospect of an INTO strike, Mr McMahon said he is calling for an end to the ban on promotions in primary schools and the re-instatement of promoted posts lost in the last eight years. The ban was introduced in 2009 and the Mullagh principal said it has “severely hit” the career prospects of teachers and has increased the work burden. “In modern schools leadership must be shared. There is more administration and bureaucracy than ever…The INTO has confirmed it is conducting an updated survey of schools to assess the local and regional impact of the moratorium on promotion and will use the results in its campaign to end the ban…

No skirting the school uniform debate - Irish Times
8 Feb 2016
A nine-year-old pupil’s campaign for gender equality is the latest flare-up in a recurring debate. Have your own say below...However, when it is asked the INTO advises members that boys and girls should be treated equally. The unions have also supported campaigns to reduce the overall costs of uniforms...

Appeal to Young - Irish Daily Star
5 February 2016
Trade unions, youth groups and women's rights groups have joined forces to encourage Ireland's 460,000 18 to 25 year olds to register to vote. Teresa Walsh of the youth wing of the Irish Congress of Trade Unions, said: "Without a strong youth vote we may not get the attention we would like in a new programme for government, so we encourage all young people to engage."

Campaigners urge under 25s to register to vote - Irish Examiner
4 Feb 2016
Trade unions, youth groups and women’s rights campaigners have joined forces to encourage the country’s 460,000 under 25s to register to vote...Teresa Walsh, chairman of the youth wing of the Irish Congress of Trade Unions which is helping to spearhead the campaign, said young people have been hit hard by recession since 2008...

Primary concern: the underfunded start to school life - Irish Times
2 February 2016
For every €8 spent on primary, €11 is spent at second level and €15 at third level...Sheila Nunan, general secretary of the INTO, says this funding disparity is upside-down, unfair and damaging to children’s long-term prospects. With an election imminent, the INTO is calling for increased and targeted investment in primary education, a lifting of the promotions ban in schools and a concerted effort to tackle disadvantage and invest in special needs...