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Primary teachers demand improvements in pregnancy related leave 19/04/17

Primary teachers demand improvements in pregnancy related leave

Wednesday, 19 April 2017

Press Release

Irish National Teachers’ Organisation

INTO Congress 2017 in Belfast

 Primary school teachers have demanded that pregnancy related sick leave be discounted from sick leave records.

At the INTO annual Congress in Belfast, teachers called for special provision for teachers absent due to fertility treatment, threatened miscarriage, miscarriage and other pregnancy complications.  Teachers deplored the fact that the Department of Education and Skills does not currently consider miscarriage a pregnancy related matter.

Primary teachers demanded the INTO to negotiate an extension of maternity leave entitlements for mothers whose babies have spent time in neo-natal units as a result of premature births.

Teachers also called to be allowed to accrue leave in lieu of annual leave missed while on maternity leave.

Muireann O Keeffe from Dundalk said teaching is physically and emotionally draining on a day to day basis. You can only be there if you are healthy and emotionally fit. When you experience a miscarriage your body and mind need time to recover.

Maire O Neill from Schull said pregnant teachers are not sick, they are pregnant and their leave is related to this.

Irene Brady from Longford said she didn’t want women to invent reasons to be absent from school. I want her reasons to be accepted for what they are. It must be documented, recognised and accepted as pregnancy related illness.