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Teachers warn of strike in protest about pay

28-04-2008


23/04/2008 :: Northern Ireland :: The Irish News

Teachers have warned they are considering strike action to improve pay and working conditions.

Staff in England and Wales will tomorrow go out on strike for the first time in 21 years.

The National Union of Teachers' (NUT) 24-hour action could see thousands of schools closing.

Its demand for a 10 per cent pay rise has been mirrored by unions in Northern Ireland and there are fears they could take similar action.

Avril Hall Callaghan, general secretary of the Ulster Teachers' Union, said while members would not yet be balloted, she would watch what happens in England "very carefully".

"We have asked for a 10 per cent increase over the next three years in a bid to keep pace not just with inflation, but also with economic factors very specific to Northern Ireland - including property prices which have been rising faster than anywhere else in Europe at times," she said.

 

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