January 16 In the Press

Copyright © Kevin Cooper Photoline NUJ: Teachers' Strike to go ahead on Wednesday

Teachers’ strike to go ahead with major rally at Belfast’s QUB student’s union

THE planned teachers’ strike in Northern Ireland will go ahead as planned on Wednesday morning regardless of the situation at Stormont.

Members of the INTO were balloted before Christmas and an overwhelming majority of teachers voted in favour of strike action over the ongoing pay dispute. The INTO says it has been engaging with the Government but talks have failed. Wednesday’s strike will also include a rally at Queen’s University Belfast Student’s Union. Here’s the full story:

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December 22 In the Press

Seamus Hanna, chairman of the INTO Northern Office, says INTO teachers will strike in the New Year. IMG_0454

INTO teachers will be striking in the New Year as results of ballot are announced

INTO teachers in Northern Ireland have overwhemlingly voted in favour of strike action in the New Year according to ballot results which have been published this afternoon.

Today’s ballot reveals that strike action is supported by 78 per cent of INTO members with 94.97 voting in favour of action short of strike. The ballot turnout was 40 per cent which demonstrates the strength of feeling on this issue across the membership. Here’s the full story issues on behalf of the INTO:

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February 8 In the Press

INTO says proposed £33m teaching scheme is a ‘genuine attempt’ to create full time jobs

Teachers across Northern Ireland have been reaction to the proposed ‘Investing in the Teaching Workforce’ scheme which would potentially see a £33million investment in teaching.

The scheme, announced by Education Minister John O’Dowd, has been described by INTO as ‘a genuine attempt to create full time jobs. INTO representatives are in talks with the Department encouraging them to place teachers who are not in full time roles at the heart of the scheme.

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December 18 In the Press

INTO teachers will go on strike in the New Year as the results of the ballot have been announced this afternoon

INTO hails £33m investment ‘a step in the right direction’ for region’s economy

The Education Minister has given approval to a scheme initiated by the Ireland’s largest teachers’ union which will see a £33million investment which will be used to refresh the education system.

Gerry Murphy, Northern Secretary, says the ‘Investing in the Teaching Workforce’ scheme is a major investment in addressing underachievement, raising standards and delivering 500 professional jobs to the economy in Northern Ireland. Here’s the full story:

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March 12 In the Press

INTO says a reinvestment in teachers, smarter spending and long term strategy is key

Ahead of tomorrow’s strike, INTO says teachers have been forced to act. INTO balloted for strike action and tomorrow teachers will use their voice.

Northern Secretary, Gerry Murphy, says calling teachers out on strike was not an easy decision to make but reiterated that action will be escalated as INTO’s campaign to get a better education for children, a better workplace for teachers and securing wider economic benefits, continues.

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March 4 In the Press

Teachers’ union prepares for industrial action as 79% vote in favour of strike

After weeks of balloting the results have been counted. Teachers across Northern Ireland have opted for strike action.

Today John O’Dowd told the education committee that schools will likely see 500 job losses for teachers and 1,000 for non-teaching staff due to £28m cuts to his budget. INTO members say ‘enough is enough’ with 79 per cent opting for strike action on Friday, March 13. Here’s the full story:

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March 4 In the Press

Teachers' strike - INTO members will be striking on Wednesday moring for a half day strike action following the results of a ballot before Christmas.

The £1million bill of teacher suspensions is ‘grossly excessive’ says INTO

INTO, Irish National Teachers’ Organisation, will be announcing the results of a ballot tomorrow which will decide whether teachers have voted for industrial action.

Irish National Teachers’ Organisation (INTO) says budget cuts will have devastating effects on our community, economy and children’s education. It argues the £1million being spent on teacher suspensions for example is grossly over excessive. INTO says ‘enough is enough’.

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February 24 In the Press

Teachers' strike - INTO members will be striking on Wednesday moring for a half day strike action following the results of a ballot before Christmas.

INTO to tell Minister that lack of budget is ‘an unacceptable ransom’ on education

INTO is Ireland’s largest teachers’ union. On Friday, over 200 delegates will be in Limavady for the annual Northern Conference.

John O’Dowd, Minister for Education, is the guest speaker during the public session but he will be hearing from Gerry Murphy, the Northern secretary, who will tell the Minister that lack of budget is ‘an unacceptable ransom’ on education. INTO has started a ballot of its members.

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