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Ulster class assistants set to vote over further strike action

13-08-2007

Ulster class assistants set to vote over further strike action

Friday, August 10, 2007

Schools across Ulster are bracing themselves for major disruption in the new term as employers were notified of a ballot by classroom assistants on a series of strikes.

The vote by members of public service union Nipsa is due to begin on August 20 and is the latest twist in Ulster's longest running pay dispute.

If members vote for industrial action, schools across Northern Ireland will be affected in September and October with the possibility that they may have to close for up to five days at a time during the proposed walk-outs.

Classroom assistant and strike committee representative Janette Murdock said: "This attempt to slash our wages is the latest in a long series of education cuts directed at special needs children. The employers are attempting to force experienced skilled staff out of the service so that we can be replaced by cheap labour."

 

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