Belfast Telegraph

Northern Ireland teachers vow to continue industrial action

By Rebecca Black

Industrial action being carried out by teachers in Northern Ireland will continue, a trade union has said.

The NASUWT said the action will go on for as long as it takes to improve working conditions.

General secretary Chris Keates said: "Our members have seen their pay cut and their workloads spiral even higher.

"Only the NASUWT's industrial action is making their day-to-day teaching bearable. To add insult to injury, the employers sought to make a pay settlement for 2017/18 conditional on the NASUWT ending its industrial action. There is no way that teachers will give up the only means by which they are able to take some professional control over their working lives.

"Until teachers are recognised and rewarded as highly skilled professionals and have working conditions they need to do the job, industrial action remains."

Teachers have been taking part in action short of strikes, which includes refusing to co-operate with school inspectors.

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