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McGuigan calls for fair pay for teachers after attending picket line in Ballymena

Philip McGuigan MLA attending today's teachers rally in Ballee at the EA office.

North Antrim Sinn Féin MLA Philip McGuigan has called for a fair pay settlement for teachers in Northern Ireland.

Members of teaching Unions have participated in a half day of industrial action this morning, Tuesday 21 February, with a number of staff attending a picket line at Education Authority headquarters in Ballymena.

Mr McGuigan has also called on the DUP to get "back to work" in Stormont.

Speaking after attending and supporting the teachers Unions rally at Ballee in Ballymena Sinn Féin MLA Philip McGuigan said:

“The teaching workforce play an invaluable role in the education of our children. Teachers are entitled to fair pay and conditions.

"Teachers shouldn't have to strike at a time when workers, including teachers, are facing the biggest squeeze on their finances in a generation due to the cost of living crisis.

"A decade of Tory Austerity has also caused significant pressures within education and schools.

"The Department of Education and the Employing Authorities need to engage meaningfully with teachers and their representative bodies to ensure a fair pay settlement can be reached.

"The DUP also need to get back to work around the Executive table, along with other parties, so that locally elected ministers can do their best to support our children, families and teachers”.


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