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Schools' plan 'will hit teachers'


15/01/2008 :: Northern Ireland :: BBC News

Teachers in Northern Ireland face compulsory job losses in the next year, an education union has warned.

INTO said planned changes to the number of schools means posts will have to go.

Frank Bunting of INTO said the Department of Education had changed current arrangements for teachers pensions in redundancy.

He said these would hit younger teachers the hardest. Mr Bunting said the union wanted an urgent meeting with Education Minister Caitriona Ruane.

Mr Bunting said: "The threat that these redundancies will be compulsory in nature has been heightened by the Department of Education removing current arrangements for the enhancement of teachers' pensions in a redundancy situation.

"The result will be that teachers who would have accepted voluntary redundancy will no longer find that route attractive.

"Governors will find themselves as a result faced with compulsory redundancies and all the industrial relations problems these bring."

Mr Bunting said a commitment from the education minister on overall teaching numbers and the establishment of a panel for teachers who are made redundant was an "urgent priority".



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