The INTO Equality Committee undertook research into members experiences of managing reproductive health related matters during work time. A total of 2,271 responses were received:
- 92% of respondents were female
- Respondents came from across all counties with 26% from Dublin
- 40% had never physically experienced a reproductive health related issue but of these 20% had supported a spouse/partner with an issue
- 60% (1,311 respondents) indicated that they had experienced an issue. All these were female and came from across all counties. Read the research from the report.
Motion to 2019 Congress
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
- evaluate the evidence of members’ reproductive health issues as they interact with their work and their current leave entitlements.
- investigate best practice in other jurisdictions
- 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
- seek support from other unions and reproductive health related organisations and bodies for such a scheme
- open negotiations with the relevant government department to realise the Statutory Leave for Reproductive Health Related Matters Scheme for Teachers
- report to Congress 2020 on progress made to realise this Congress resolution
The CEC will now seek to realise negotiations on the leave sought.