Disappointing no Education Minister to engage with non-teaching staff ahead of strikes, says Mathison

It is deeply disappointing that there is no Education Minister in post to engage with non-teaching school staff, after the Education Minister confirmed the four non-teaching unions will take part in strike action this week, Alliance Education spokesperson Nick Mathison MLA has said.

The full strike action will take place across November 16, and follows action short of strike by the same unions since last month. It is anticipated the move will lead to significant disruption.
“I fully support the right of non-teaching staff to engage in industrial action,” said Strangford MLA Mr Mathison.
“Alliance recognises their hard work and the importance of their role in the education of our children and young people. In many schools, they are a lifeline to both staff and pupils, and they deserve fair pay which recognises the essential work that they do.
“It is incredibly frustrating that non-teaching staff have had to engage in full strike action to have their voices heard. The DUP’s actions in collapsing the Executive, combined with an underfunded education system, have left the Department in an extremely precarious budgetary position.
“I recently met with both the Education Authority and the Department of Education, and raised the issue of fair pay for staff. I also highlighted the need to ensure minimal disruption for our children and young people during this period of industrial action, especially as those most likely to be impacted are those with special educational needs.
“It is deeply disappointing there is no Education Minister in post to engage with non-teaching staff, set a strategic budget and work towards a solution. Alliance will continue to highlight the need for reform of the institutions and the importance of getting the Assembly back up and running, so we can deliver for the people of Northern Ireland across all public services.”