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The INTO has a national INTO Equality Committee which considers equality issues as they pertain to teachers. pupils and the education system in ROI and NI relevant to the nine grounds comprehended by equality legislation.

The INTO Legal and Industrial Relations section supports any INTO member who feels he/she has been discriminated against under any of the nine grounds: gender, civil status, family status, sexual orientation, religion, age, disability, race and membership of the Traveller community.

The INTO Equality Officer is Alison Gilliland. Alison supports the INTO Equality Committee and its work and represents the INTO on National and International Equality related Committees. Alison can be contacted


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Member Survey on Reproductive Health Related Issues

Recognising the growing number of motions to Congress highlighting the non-inclusion of certain reproductive health related issues in our current sick and pregnancy related sick leave schemes the INTO Equality Committee set up a Reproductive Health Sub-Committee to:

  1. gather evidence of members’ reproductive health issues as they interact with their work and their current leave entitlements.
  2. investigate best practice in other jurisdictions
  3. prepare an INTO Policy on Reproductive Leave to meet the needs of members and based on, but not constrained by, best practice in other jurisdictions
  4. present the INTO Policy on Reproductive Leave to the INTO CEC for ratification and action.

To gain a more in-depth understanding of the issues and how members manage them within the constrains of the school year, our sick leave and our pregnancy related sick leave schemes a survey has issued to members with e mail addresses on our database. We have asked that members return this survey before March 11th so we can draft a comprehensive report for discussion by the Equality Committee and, should it reach the floor of Congress this year, a motion calling for a Reproduction Health Related Leave Scheme.

If you are a member who did not received this survey please contact the INTO Equality Officer, Dr. Alison Gilliland, at