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Confirmed: Teachers' union NASUWT announces date for Northern Ireland schools strike

By Jonny Bell

Published 11/11/2016

The union has warned schools may need to close because of the strike.
The union has warned schools may need to close because of the strike.

The NASUWT has confirmed the date of its strike action this month.

Teachers across Belfast and Newtownabbey will take part in the industrial action on Wednesday, November 30.

The strike is over teachers' pay, workload and job security and the union - the biggest teaching union in Northern Ireland - has warned some schools will have to close because of the action.

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Chris Keates, NASUWT general secretary, said: “It is with deep regret that we have been forced to move to this position, but we have been left with no choice by the blatant disregard of the Minister for Education and the employers for the pay and conditions of service of teachers who provide such a vital public service.

“We have made two written reasonable requests to the minister which if accepted, would avoid the strike action. If the first of the strikes goes ahead it will be the responsibility of the ministers and the employers.”

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Justin McCamphill, the union's representative in Northern Ireland added: "NASUWT members are committed and dedicated teachers, they regret any disruption to pupils and parents.

“However, parents will also recognise that unless teachers are recognised and rewarded as highly-skilled professionals and have working conditions which free them to focus on teaching and learning, there will be a long-term detrimental impact on the quality of education provision for their children."

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