The purpose of this procedure is to provide a mechanism for the resolution of a grievance which a teacher in a national school, including a principal teacher, has against:
The grievance procedure shall generally relate to breaches of school rules, policies, procedures or practices. The grievance procedure shall not deal with curricular matters.
If a grievance, which concerns a matter covered by the Employment Equality Act (1998) or other relevant legislation, is referred to the Director of Equality Investigations or the Labour Court, this procedure shall not be used. Such a referral would serve to terminate the grievance procedure.
Stage 1: The Principal
Stage 2: The Chairperson
Stage 3: The Board of Management
Stage 4: An Independent Tribunal
3. The chairperson of the board of management shall also furnish each member of the tribunal, prior to its first meeting:
4. The tribunal shall arrange a hearing(s) for the parties and shall ensure that the normal rules of due process and fair procedures apply (c/f section b, pgs 12 - 13), which include:
5. The tribunal shall be considered a domestic forum and accordingly, neither management nor the INTO intends that there would be legal representation at any hearings.
6. The tribunal shall be empowered to conciliate with a view to reaching a friendly settlement.
7. Failing such a settlement the tribunal shall determine the issue by unanimous or majority vote.
8. The tribunal’s decision shall be conveyed in writing by the chairperson of the tribunal to all the parties and shall be final and binding.
Please note that any expenses involved in stage 4 will be shared by the parties who nominate the tribunal provided that prior sanction for same has been obtained from INTO and the relevant management body.