27,000 second-level teachers are taking strike action today (Thursday, January 22nd) in protest over aspects of the Framework for Junior Cycle which the Department of Education and Skills is currently implementing in second-level schools.
Click here to download a set of frequently asked questions about Thursday's strike action.
Circulars 0059/2014 (registered teachers), 0063/2014 (all staff in ETBs, other than Teachers and SNAs) and 0064/20014 (all staff in IoTs), which introduced the new sick leave scheme, did not clearly address pregnancy-related illness which had occurred under the previous sick leave scheme (i.e. the scheme that operated prior to 1 September 2014).
Talks on the Junior Cycle impasse took place today between the second level teacher unions and the Minister for Education and Skills and her officials.
Two pre-retirement seminars are taking place in the near future.
On Monday 2nd February, a seminar will take place in the Gresham Hotel, Dublin
On Friday 24th April, a seminar will take place at the Bloomfield House Hotel, Mullingar, Co Westmeath.
Click here for application form and full details.