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Teachers to be balloted in dispute over ban on promotions

Published 11/01/2016

Sheila Nunan, INTO general secretary, branded the ban on career progression intolerable
Sheila Nunan, INTO general secretary, branded the ban on career progression intolerable

Teachers are to vote on industrial action in a row over a ban on promotions.

Next month the Irish National Teachers' Organisation (INTO) will ask its 33,000 members to back a veto on the Department of Education's school self-evaluation programme.

The union is demanding an end to the embargo on promotions and the re-instalment of posts lost over the last eight years as budgets were slashed.

Sheila Nunan, INTO general secretary, branded the ban on career progression intolerable.

"In modern schools leadership must be shared," she said.

"There is more administration and bureaucracy than ever. Meeting increased demand from parents, pupils and the department cannot be done without the necessary resources such as a leadership team of promoted teachers."

The INTO claimed thousands of promotions have not been allowed in primary schools and careers have stagnated since the economic collapse in 2008.

Ms Nunan also said the ban was compromising the running of schools.

The union said it had noted plans by the department to ramp up the self-evaluation of teaching and learning in schools and to introduce self-evaluation of leadership and management.

Schools are to be surveyed by the union to assess the local and regional impact of the moratorium on promotion and the INTO said it will use the results in its campaign.

Previous research by the union showed significantly increased workload stress in primary teaching from demands by inspectors, increased paperwork and the promotion ban.

The INTO said the issues need to be responded to in order to protect the health, safety and welfare of teachers.

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