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Day of Action: Friday 13 March 2015

ICTU Day of Action: Friday 13 March 2015 (pdf, 4,524 kb)
Photographs of INTO activists and members supporting the ICTU Day of Action on Friday 13 March 2015

Thousands of Teachers, Parents and Pupils Stand in Solidarity at Picket Lines Over Cuts
Friday, 13 March 15
THOUSANDS of members from Ireland's largest teachers' union took to the streets today to demonstrate their anger and frustration at facing a fifth successive year of cuts to the education system.

Day of Action: Friday 13 March 2015 (pdf, 1,117 kb)
Details of rallys being held during the day of action.

INTO Says a Reinvestment in Teachers, Smarter Spending and Long Term Strategy is Key to Success
Thursday, 12 March 15
STANDFIRST:  Pressure mounts on the Executive as largest teachers' union pledges further action after strike. On the eve of industrial action, Gerry Murphy, INTO's Northern Secretary, talks candidly about why 7,000 teachers will leave the classroom to raise their placards.

Teachers Strike To Defend Rights of Children to Get The Education System They Deserve
Tuesday, 10 March 15
Ireland's largest teachers' union has announced it is calling on its 7,000 members in schools and colleges to defend the rights of our children's education by taking part in Friday's strike action.

Industrial Action: INTO Members to Strike on Fri 13 March 2015
Monday, 9 March 15
INTO members voted by 79% to join with other Public Service Unions on a strike to take place on Friday 13 March 2015.

Advice Re: Picket Lines

INTO is providing the following advice with regard to picket lines on Friday:

  • School reps and members can only picket their own schools
  • NC members can attend pickets in their own area and their own school
  • CEC members can attend protests in their own district and picket at their own school
  • Pickets cannot obstruct the highway
  • Pickets can aim to persuade others to go into work but cannot obstruct or prevent them from doing so
  • Placards carried by pickets should only have messages that will not cause offence
  • Pickets should end the picket in time to attend the local demonstration and take placards with them to use at demonstration

Remember, one of the purposes of a picket line is to encourage members of other Trade Unions not to cross our picket line to make our strike more effective. If members from other unions decide to support us and not cross over our picket, they should be advised to contact the school immediately: additional advice and support should also be sought from their Trade Union.

School Closures on Friday 13 March 2015 (pdf, 63 kb)
Sample letters to parents available here re: school closures on Friday 13 March 2015 due to strike action
INTO Strike Action (pdf, 107 kb)
5 March 2015: Letter to School Reps / Members
FAQs Industrial Action (pdf, 174 kb)
INTO answers your questions re: Industrial Action

INTO Industrial Action Information Evenings

INTO are hosting information evenings on the upcoming strike action over the next few weeks. All school reps and members are encouraged to attend.

For full details please CLICK HERE.


BBC News (NI): Thursday 5 March 2015

BBC News (NI) Website: INTO says vote clears the way for industrial action


Teachers' Union Prepares For Campaign of Industrial Action as 79% Vote In Favour of Strike

An overwhelming majority of 79 per cent of teachers in Ireland's largest teachers' union have voted in favour of strike action following the results of a ballot against education budget cuts.

The ballot, which was conducted among the 6,647 members from schools and colleges against the Department of Education's proposed budget cuts, resulted in a 34.45% return, a 78.67% in favour of strike action and a 97.02% majority in favour of industrial action short of strike.

Gerry Murphy, the Northern Secretary of the Irish National Teachers' Organisation, said the ballot results mean that on Friday, March 13, INTO members will stand alongside their trade union colleagues in demonstrations organised by NIC-ICTU.

"This result quite frankly speaks for itself. John O'Dowd has told the education committee schools will likely see 500 job losses for teachers and 1,000 for non-teaching staff due to £28m cuts to his budget. Our members are saying 'enough is enough'.

"Our members have taken the opportunity to express their opinion on the present state of the education system. They have delivered a clear message to those who are charged with managing our education system. They have had enough of the cuts agenda. They demand an end to make do with less. INTO members have had enough of their profession being ripped apart to balance the Stormont budget. They demand and expect change."

The results of the ballot comes just a week after INTO held their annual Northern Conference in Limavady where the Education Minister John O'Dowd was candidly told that 'enough is enough'.

Mr Murphy, who addressed the Minister at the conference, said he will now be holding an emergency meeting of the Northern Executive to determine the nature of the industrial action.

He said: "That meeting will determine the nature and scope of the industrial action that our members will undertake. These actions will send a clear message to those in authority that change must now occur. Our action will target those who are responsible for the cuts in our education system. INTO will ensure the voice of its members is heard loudly and clearly in the corridors of power by those who insist that austerity is a given."

Mr Murphy added:  "INTO members are demanding a restoration of their professional status. INTO  will now prepare for a campaign to take forward the members demands and thecampaign will continue until they are met.

"The window of opportunity for those in power to alter course and agree with INTO an alternate education strategy is closing fast. If there is no engagement before our industrial action begins, then the responsibility for the consequences of our action will lie with those who know the cost of educating a child but not the value.

"INTO is no longer prepared to allow the teaching profession to be devalued and the education of today’s young people and future generations to be tossed on the bonfire of austerity. It is not too late for those in authority to reflect on the message coming out of this ballot.”