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NAHT (NI) members vote to take action

In September, NAHT members were balloted to indicate their support for industrial action short of strike as well as their support for strike action.

Our members have spoken loudly and with strength. NAHT Principals, Vice Principals and Assistant Principals employed at educational establishments in Northern Ireland have voted by a significant majority to take action with regards to the ongoing dispute on workload, the inspection process, consultation and support for schools.

94.8% of respondents said they were prepared to take action short of strike and 57.8% were prepared to take strike action.

The NAHT(NI) Committee will meet next week to determine next steps. In the meantime, the door remains open to the employing authorities who we hope would want to avoid any possibility of unprecedented action by this Union and indeed the possibility that NAHT(NI) would become the final teaching Union to take industrial action in Northern Ireland.

NAHT(NI) President Geri Cameron said “Members of NAHT(NI) are no longer prepared to continue to prop up an education system at the expense of their health and well-being. All we are asking for is the caring actions of caring employers.”

“As you would expect, our members wish to avoid any negative impact upon students’ education or safety. Therefore, any action will be intended to cause as minimal disruption as possible whilst placing pressure on the Department and employing authorities to resolve this crisis as a matter of urgency.”

Press and Media contacts:

Steven George
NAHT Head of Press and Media
01444 472886
07970 907730

Rose Tremlett 
Senior Press Officer 
07545 354363

Email : press.office@naht.org.uk