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Members of the NASUWT-The Teachers’ Union at St Patrick’s Primary School in Belfast held the third of six planned days of strike action today.
 
Further strike action has been planned for Tuesday 27, Wednesday 28 and Thursday 29 November.
 
The teachers have received tremendous support from parents for the stand they are taking.
 
Chris Keates, General Secretary of the NASUWT, said:
 
“The NASUWT members are resolute in securing a working environment that treats them with dignity and respect and is free from bullying.
 
“Our members in St Patrick’s Primary School are doing nothing more than exercising their right to stand up against attacks on their pay and conditions of service.
 
“Teachers’ pay and conditions are inextricably linked to high standards of education. It is unacceptable for teachers to be victimised for taking lawful industrial action to secure their rights.”
 
Susan Parlour, NASUWT National Executive Member, said:
 
“The NASUWT’s motivation since we were first contacted to support our members in St Patrick’s Primary School was to ensure that our members’ working conditions enabled them to focus their energies on teaching and learning.
 
“The NASUWT through its workplace representative has worked hard to resolve the issues of concern with the Employer, but has been met with negativity rather than constructive engagement.
 
“The NASUWT and the School were at one point on the verge of resolving all our issues at the end of last year but unfortunately poor practice has quickly returned.
 
“The NASUWT wishes to continue to engage constructively  to resolve this dispute and believes that resolution would be more quickly achieved if the Chair of Governors was prepared to meet with NASUWT members, and hear first-hand  how the working environment in the school is affecting their mental health and well-being.
 
“The teachers at St Patrick’s are dedicated professionals who are committed to their pupils. It is of paramount importance that discussions take place to genuinely seek to resolve the dispute.”
 

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