NIPSA the largest public sector trade union in Northern Ireland today responded to the press articles about GTCNI which stated that Hundreds of newly qualified teachers may not be registered to teach in Northern Ireland before the start of the new school term.
As the recognised trade union for the GTCNI, we are fully aware of the importance of the fact that if a teacher wants to be employed in a school they have to be registered with the General Teaching Council (GTCNI)
NIPSA has been in constant contact with the GTCNI Management, the GTCNI Council and the Department of Education as well as the Education Committee and the Education Minister in relation to issues regarding staffing within the organisation. GTCNI Staff numbers have been dramatically reduced within the past year and staff are working at their full capacity with 50% of the staff having left the organisation. Staff are working to the best of their ability and to their full capacity and beyond to keep the organisation functioning. Staff that have left have not been replaced and the staff that remain have been raising issues over being stressed with little or no input from their employer to address these issues.
I want to put on record that GTCNI staff, NIPSA members have been doing their best with the staff and resources that they currently have to keep the organisation operating and it is now becoming increasingly worrying that they are being vilified in the press when it is not their doing that the organisation is operating at half its staffing complement.