Sunday 25 March 2018

Irish National Teachers' Organisation to ballot members on industrial action

Sheila Nunan, INTO general secretary
Sheila Nunan, INTO general secretary
Katherine Donnelly

Katherine Donnelly

The Irish National Teachers' Organisation (INTO) is to ballot its 33,000 members on industrial action in response to the continued ban on promotion in schools and increasing workload for teachers.

The ballot, which will take place next month, will ask teachers to stop all involvement with the Department of Education and Skills’ on-going programme of school self-evaluation, which forms part of the inspection process.

The moratorium on promotions was among the cost cutting measures introduced in the wake of the economic crash and has been in place for eight years.

INTO general secretary Sheila Nunan said it had led to the loss of thousands of promotions in primary schools, severely hitting the career prospects of unpromoted teachers and has increased the work burden on those in promoted posts.

She said it was having a severe impact and compromising the running of schools.

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