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# INTO

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2022
# Mary Immaculate College
Bachelor of Education scholarship launched in memory of Ashling Murphy
23-year-old school teacher Ashling Murphy was fatally attacked while jogging in January.
# co-ordinated campaign
Teacher unions plan ballots for industrial action over stalled pay talks
The unions noted that workers’ pay has been diminished by soaring inflation.
# re-opening
INTO clarifies that teachers won't automatically be given medical-grade face masks for classrooms
Teachers will have to request the masks from their school’s board of management to obtain them.
# re-opening
'Enormous unease' about schools reopening amid concerns about teacher substitutes, unions say
Education Minister Norma Foley said that the next few weeks would be challenging.
# covid absences
'Absenteeism': Union officials hit out at use of term to describe workers out for Covid reasons
“Covid-related shortages are not the result of ‘absenteeism’, which is defined as an avoidable absence from work.”
All time
# covid19
Teachers' union says 'significant number' of school staff contracted Covid in recent weeks
A survey found 605 staff across 877 schools tested positive for the virus recently.
# antigen tests
INTO calls for 'political leadership' on bringing in antigen tests to primary schools
“Time is of the essence and we simply can’t afford any additional delays,” said INTO General Secretary John Boyle
# Schools
Teachers want 'acknowledgement and investment' rather than pandemic bonus
Senior government members have said a bonus payment for frontline workers is under consideration.
# Classrooms
Department had 'productive' meeting with school stakeholders over close contacts policy
Children who are close contacts in primary schools will not be required to restrict their movements if they are asymptomatic.
Children who are close contacts in primary schools will not be required to restrict their movements if they are asymptomatic.
Teachers' union INTO said the government is removing a "safety net" from schools.
But Labour's education spokesperson said it was a "welcome" move that has come "weeks too late".
Covid-19 close contact rules for primary school pupils to be relaxed from Monday
Pfizer says its Covid-19 vaccine is safe to use for children over age five
# Covid-19
'I can't sleep at night': Pregnant teachers fear going back to school before they're vaccinated
Pregnant people cannot register for a Covid-19 vaccine prior to 14 weeks’ gestation.
# Oireachtas Committee
Teaching union to tell TDs that staff are subjected to 'inappropriate' comments by parents on social media
The claims will be heard at the Oireachtas Education Committee this afternoon.
# Teachers
Teacher unions to table joint motion over vaccine priority schedule
The conferences of the country’s three teacher trade unions are continuing today.
# vaccine rollout
'It's not a value judgement on any profession' - Education Minister defends change to vaccine prioritisation
The conferences of the country’s three teacher trade unions are taking place today.
The conferences of the country's three teacher trade unions started online today
Unions are unhappy about the revised vaccination rollout based on age and not profession
Education Minister Norma Foley has addressed delegates at the INTO Congress
# Schools
Government drops plans to re-open schools for special education this Thursday
Fórsa said its workers were genuinely fearful that a return to school was unsafe for students and staff.
Doubt over Thursday re-opening for special education classes amid 'make or break' talks
Deputy CMO insists school closures should be 'last resort' only after criticism from special needs teachers
# Schools
INTO calls on government to delay reopening of schools until 11 January at earliest
Cabinet is meeting today to discuss the “rapid” and “exponential” growth in Covid-19 infections.
# up the levels
INTO says there's anxiety among teachers nationwide amid fears health precautions are 'inadequate'
The union wants a number of actions taken immediately to help safeguard schools.
# INTO
Large schools will have to stagger their opening times in September, warns union
Education Minister Norma Foley says that public health advice will underpin the reopening of and operation of schools.
# new guidelines
Social distancing rules mean it's inevitable students won't be back in school full-time - ASTI
Teachers’ unions will appear before the Dáil’s Covid-19 committee today.
# INTO
European Court rules that two-tier teacher pay scale isn't age discrimination
Teacher’s union the INTO said that it the ruling was “a bitter disappointment”.
# equal pay for equal work
Primary schools braced for strike action as INTO to ballot on next move
The union will meet next Wednesday to agree on a ballot for industrial action, up to and including a strike.
# teachers pay
INTO rejects government's pay proposals for teachers recruited since 2011
Members of the union will now be balloted on industrial action.
# new teachers
Richard Bruton heckled at conference as teachers threaten to strike over pay issues
Unions have voted in favour of industrial action if pay inequality is not addressed.
# pay inequality
'The start of Paschal's troubles': Primary teachers reject public sector pay deal
The INTO said that the pay deal did not address the issue of pay inequality for newcomers to the profession.
# fidget spinners
This 'must-have' toy has been banned in some UK schools and is selling out here
Irish schools may follow suit if fidget spinners result in bullying.
# Up In The Air
Newly qualified teachers unable to get dipped over new scheme
The INTO spokesperson added that the professional probation should be done away with.
# Education
Government must stop discrimination in funding for new schools, say teachers
Richard Bruton has said new funding measures will help the “smooth establishment” of new schools.
# Industrial Action
Primary school teachers haven't had promotions for eight years
Members of the INTO have voted in favour of industrial action.
# INTO
Teacher spat at, punched and had fire extinguisher thrown at her in classroom
Whyte said it’s not fair that teachers have to use up their sick leave when they need time off after being attacked.
# admissions
Schools will have to cap the number of past pupils' children they admit
Minister Jan O’Sullivan is due to announce new legislation later today.
# school of hard knocks
Young teachers are facing an 'increasingly bleak reality'
Unions say half of all teachers under 30 are now on part-time work arrangements.
# visibility
"Historic day" as LGBT teachers' group meet President
The group is part of the INTO union.
Voices
Opinion: 'In the 1950s, I fought the marriage ban and continued teaching with no pay'
97-year-old Maureen Cronin became a test case for the INTO Teachers’ Union.
# Child Labour
Was your child's school uniform made by children? Ask your retailer, parents advised...
Teachers’ union the INTO says shoppers picking up uniforms for their children should ask retailers whether child labour was used in the clothes’ manufacture.
# TUT TUT
Teachers taking up JobBridge scheme in the bad books with the union
The INTO has directed its members not to participate in the scheme.
Voices
Damien Kiberd: Teachers do, literally, run the country
But it hasn’t helped them as those old-school types have made it next to impossible for young qualified types to get a permanent job.
# INTO
'Unfounded parental complaints' mean more work for teachers
Primary school teachers say they are taking more notes to do with relationships, behaviour and possible bullying.
# sir sir sir
10 Things Every Teacher Knows To Be True
Those who can, teach.
# Under fire
Ruairí Quinn: Being booed and heckled by teachers 'certainly wasn't enjoyable'
Meanwhile, the Department of Education has denied that the Minister was trying to suggest a higher level maths requirement would get more men into the teaching profession.
# rumble for ruairi
Education Minister faces sustained heckling and booing as he speaks to secondary teachers
The minister had earlier today faced the ire of primary teachers.