Teachers at 800 schools on half-day strike over pay

Teachers from hundreds of schools across Northern Ireland have held a half-day strike on Wednesday in protest over their pay.

 

Teachers are calling for a cost of living increase for 2015/2016.

 

Talks have been ongoing between the Irish National Teachers' Organisation (INTO), the Employing Authorities and Department of Education, but, when talks failed before Christmas, INTO members were balloted with an overwhelming majority voting in favour of strike action.

 

The union says the strike action is the first in a series of planned stoppages.

 

Gerry Murphy, the INTO Northern Secretary, led a delegation of senior officials at a rally at Queen's University's Student's Union while other schools across Northern Ireland picketed at the school gates with members participating in strike action.

 

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