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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.

Mr Gerry Murphy, Northern Secretary of INTO, said,

“The teaching profession is over 80% female and for a time during their working lives, female teachers would hope to avail of the maternity arrangements. Yet what INTO members continue to report is that the maternity pay arrangements are so poor that they end their maternity leave early rather than end up in debt”.

Mr Murphy continued,

“INTO submitted a claim to improve the maternity, paternity and adoption pay arrangements. This was in July 2015. To date the employers have not processed this claim and we are advised that is not a priority in their current considerations. As a result of this women are losing out compared to their colleagues in other areas of the public sector.”

Mr Murphy concluded,

Teachers are the key to the development of the future generations and ultimately economic prosperity for the North. Yet it is ironic that we expect these individuals to deliver for the children under their care and yet refuse to support them at a time when they wish to have children themselves. This Conference is clear in its instructions that improvements to maternity, paternity and adoption pay are long overdue and that this matter must be urgently actioned. “