Teachers on picket line

Thursday, 17 November 2016

Teachers on picket line thumbnailTeachers handing out leaflets during a picket at Millburn Primary School on Tuesday, as part of a row over rates of pay.

COLERAINE teachers contended with heavy rain showers in a determined bid to secure an acceptable pay deal.
Staff at Millburn Primary were among those who picketed at their school gates on Tuesday (November 8) to rally parents' support in response to their employer's latest pay offer 'insult.'
Ulster Teachers' Union teachers' representative Rosie McMillan, from Portrush, has taught at Millburn for 19 years.
She said: "Staff and schools are under threat. It is important that our members, and those from other teaching unions, unite in a stand for a properly funding education sector.
“We have not had a pay rise since 2010 and teachers here receive around 16 per cent less than the average teacher in England."
She added: "There have been redundancies in other schools and reductions in funding could impact on special needs teachers and classroom assistants who are essential.
“Teaching isn't an easy job; we feel that the refusal to pay even the one per cent dictated under the NI Executive's Pay Policy is indicative of the attitude of those who run schools - they are trying to get education 'on the cheap.'
“This could lead to strike action if the Executive does not take us seriously and value what we do; teachers provide skills for our children which ultimately provide jobs - it's a vicious circle."
Parents are being urged to contact their MLAs and register their objection to the decision not to award teachers the small increase.


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