Full suspension of support staff strike action announced.

Date published: 03 June 2024

Education Minister Paul Givan has welcomed the full suspension of strike action by support staff which was due to continue tomorrow.

NIPSA and GMB unions had called off action for today and tomorrow with all support staff unions now agreeing to suspend action due to take place on Tuesday 4 June.

Welcoming the decision the Minister said: 

I very much welcome that further positive and constructive engagement has taken place today resulting in strike action planned by Unite the Union for tomorrow being called off. This is a very positive development that allows our schools to be open as normal for all our children and young people.

“I will continue to work constructively with unions and my Executive colleagues to find a permanent resolution to the ongoing pay and grading dispute. 

“I do not underestimate the important role played by support workers both in the classroom and in the various roles they play in areas such as transport and catering to ensure that pupils who depend on them, receive the vital support they deserve.”

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