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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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ICTU Womens Conf 2018

ICTU Women’s Conference 13-14 June, Killyhevlin Hotel, Enniskillen

The theme of the Conference is Better Work, Better Lives. INTO Equality Committee delegates will represent the INTO. INTO will also propose the following motion for debate at the Conference:

Conference commends the work done by ICTU resultant in the detailed report Who Cares? Report on Childcare Costs & Practices in Ireland (Spring 2016). Conference notes the recommendations in particular the need to increase in investment in the childcare sector. However, Conference also notes the continued inadequate tweaking of a subsidy based approach to make childcare affordable and the continued lack of an appropriate salary scale and terms and conditions for childcare workers. Therefore, to remove the financial burden of childcare on families who wish to work outside the home and to ensure a more appropriate and professional career path for childcare workers, Conference calls for the introduction of a full, free, universal and public childcare system funded through progressive taxation.

Conference Report and Agenda can be accessed here.


Childcare survey


To support the motion we would ask that you take a few minutes to complete this survey. The survey seeks to ascertain the impact the cost and availability of childcare has on work choices and views on the introduction of free universal childcare.