Following the sad passing of Martin McGuiness, former Education Minister, INTO has, as a mark of respect and in recognition of his contribution to Education, decided to defer the half day strike and accompanying protest at Parliament Buildings planned for Thursday 23rd March 2017.
Martin McGuiness was the first education minister of the devolved era and he made a hugely positive impact on the entire education sector.
His service as Education Minister was characterised by an intelligence and warmth that was accompanied by real investments in both the schools estate and the educational workforce. Martin attended a number of INTO Congresses and Northern Conferences. His contributions to these gatherings were insightful, at times challenging, and always warmly received.
The Employing Authorities have been notified of this deferral today and notice of future INTO actions will be communicated to both our members and the employers through the appropriate channels.
INTO is mindful of the inconvenience caused by the late notice of this deferral and is grateful for your understanding in this matter.
INTO remains in dispute on the issue of pay with the employing authorities and we hope that a resolution may be found before INTO is forced to announce another half day strike.