Industrial action backed by head teachers in Northern Ireland

Industrial action backed by head teachers in Northern IrelandA union representing many school leaders in Northern Ireland has received an “unprecedented” mandate for industrial action.

The National Association of Head Teachers (NAHT) represents principals and vice-principals in about two thirds of NI’s 1,100 schools.

In the union’s indicative ballot, school leaders voted overwhelmingly to proceed to a formal vote on action.

In total 93% of its members voted for industrial action short of striking.

Action up to and including strike action was backed by 58% of members.

The NAHT now has a mandate to proceed to a formal ballot on whether to take either strike action – or action short of that – if they decide to do so.

NAHT NI president Geri Cameron said the move was unprecedented.

“Head teachers are a very moderate group of people, but we are stretched to the limit,” she said.

“We haven’t escalated our dispute over pay. Our issues are around special educational needs, workload, the general slice of the cake schools get.