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 firstname.lastname@example.org
The Equality Committee would like to thank all members who responded to the member survey on reproductive health related matters. A total of 2,271 responses were received 92% of respondents were female, 20% had supported a spouse/partner with an issue and 60% (1,311 respondents) indicated that they had experienced an issue.
Of those who experienced reproductive health related matters, almost half the respondents indicated that they experienced a pre-24-week miscarriage while 28% experienced fertility screening and 26% fertility treatment. Other issues experienced included threatened miscarriage (16%), polycystic ovaries diagnosis (15%) and endometriosis (15%).
The Committee held an information event for delegates at Congress that afforded delegates a presentation on member feedback from the survey.
A report on the research is currently being drafted and will be made available here once completed.
The following motion (181) calling for a Reproductive Health Related Leave Scheme for Teachers was passed an annual Congress in Galway.
That Congress acknowledges the work done to date by the Equality Committee to gather evidence of members’ reproductive health related issues as they interact with their work and their current leave entitlements. Congress therefore calls on the CEC to
a) evaluate the evidence of members’ reproductive health issues as they interact with their work and their current leave entitlements.
b) investigate best practice in other jurisdictions
c) draft a Statutory Leave for Reproductive Health Related Matters Scheme for Teachers proposal that would include miscarriage or threatened miscarriage regardless of term, ectopic pregnancy, fertility screening, fertility treatment and other reproductive health related matters
d) seek support from other unions and reproductive health related organisations and bodies for such a scheme
e) open negotiations with the relevant government department to realise the Statutory Leave for Reproductive Health Related Matters Scheme for Teachers
f) report to Congress 2020 on progress made to realise this Congress resolution
The CEC will now seek to realise negotiations on the leave sought.