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Sinn Féin backs teachers industrial action

5 January, 2004

Sinn Féin Education Spokesperson, Newry Armagh Assembly member Davy Hyland has backed the industrial action taken by teachers unions in the Six Counties.

Mr Hyland said:

"Teachers deserve equal treatment when it comes to pay. The last 12 months has seen a failure to tackle the growing discontentment within the teaching unions on key issues around pay. It is time to treat our teachers fairly.

"It is vital that resources in education, as with all public services, are channelled into frontline services. This means we need to pay our teachers a fair wage, particularly so that we support new teachers entering the profession and retain the expertise of our more experienced educators. Fundamentally we also need to see an end to the red tape that has done much to cause discontentment within the unions.

"The fact that the industrial action undertaken by teachers unions will not disrupt classes is to be welcomed and I would urge the direct rule minister responsible for education, Jane Kennedy to meet urgently with local teachers unions." ENDS

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