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Today, NAHT(NI) members will be sent ballot papers which will ask them to indicate their support for industrial action.  The ballot will be open for a two-week period, closing on 30 September 2019.

NAHT(NI) President Geri Cameron said: “It is time for action.  Today, members will be sent ballot papers to their home address and they must indicate if they are willing to participate in strike action and action short of strike.  I would encourage every member to complete the ballot and return it as soon as possible before the deadline.  Any action taken by NAHT(NI) members will be directed towards the employers who have failed to end the dispute which focuses on workload, the inspection process, consultation and support for schools.  We will work towards minimising any impact on learners and their families. NAHT(NI) remains open to further negotiations with the employers to find a resolution that will positively impact on the work-life of school leaders."

NAHT(NI) will be hosting a number of member engagement events. We encourage you to please attend one in your area if possible.

The events will take place on:

Tuesday 17 September at Belfast Castle in Belfast from 4-6pm

Register to attend the event here.

Monday 23 September at Roe Park Resort in Limavady from 3-5pm. 

Register to attend this event here.

Members are strongly advised not to use school premises, resources including printing, school twitter feeds and websites to promote or advertise the ballot or action.  If members require materials, please contact NAHT(NI) directly on 02890 776633 or

Members will need to be logged in to access our letter to the board of governors chairperson below. 

Members can also read our frequently asked questions about the industrial action here.  

First published 17 September 2019