Teachers on strike

Wednesday, 8 February 2017

TEACHERS across Mid-Ulster have staged a one-day strike over pay, jobs and workload.

The Union that called for the strike, the National Association of Schoolmasters/Union of Women Teachers (NASUWT) claims around 40 local schools were affected by the industrial action.

The outgoing Education Minister, Peter Weir called the action "futile" but the Unions claimed there had been "forced" into action.

Members of other classroom teaching unions, the Ulster Teachers' Union (UTU) and Association of Teachers and Lecturers (ATL) - voted against strike action.

However, all of the unions are taking some form of action.

Ulster Unionist candidate for Fermanagh and South Tyrone, Rosemary Barton expressed her disappointment that schools are being affected by teacher strikes in Tyrone and beyond.

"Children will be losing valuable teaching time and parents I have no doubt will have been thrown into a state of disarray over the disruption to the school week," stated Mrs Barton.

“Ultimately, there is a crisis in our education system and I am very sympathetic to teachers who are in pursuit of fair pay.

"Everyone deserves to be adequately paid for their work."


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