The Irish National Teachers’ Organisation, INTO and the Ulster Teachers’ Union, UTU have been working together for a number of years on issues affecting teachers in Northern Ireland. The two local teacher unions established a Joint Board in 2009 to deepen the already close working relationship between the two organisations. The INTO/UTU Board now represents the majority of serving teachers in the nursery, primary and post-primary sectors across Northern Ireland.
Both unions currently deliver a high level of service to teachers at all stages of their profession, including student teachers, however by the two unions pooling resources and expertise:
Membership benefits will increase;
The local teachers’ voice in education policy making will be stronger;
There will be a strong teachers’ voice across all education sectors; and
INTO and UTU members, school reps and leaders will have the opportunity to attend joint training courses and conferences.