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Sinn Féin back striking lecturers

28 March, 2007

Sinn Féin Newry Armagh MLA Mickey Brady has said that Sinn Féin fully support the University and College Union (UCU) in their campaign to compel employers to honour a pay agreement moving lecturers towards parity with school teachers.

Mr Brady and Party colleague Barry McElduff recently met with UCU Regional Official, Jim McKeown to discuss the ongoing strike action.

Speaking after visiting striking college lecturers at Newry and Kilkeel Institute of Further and Higher Education this morning Mr Brady said:

"Sinn Féin fully supports teachers in securing their due entitlements. Similarly, we support college lecturers who deserve better career structures and financial remuneration.

"There is an increasing recognition of the important role of Further Education in delivering a broad and balanced educational curriculum. I believe that the Department for Employment and Learning can do more to appreciate those lecturers and teachers who deliver this education.

"The bottom line is that the employers have already agreed to the parity of pay demand. They need to move decisively on implementing this agreement and to stop denying college lecturers their rights." ENDS

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