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Nipsa workers 'looking for union bargaining'

Workers in the education sector have threatened to strike over proposed cuts.

18 August 2011

Northern Ireland Public Service Alliance (Nipsa) members working in the education sector are considering industrial action in the coming months.

This is according to Paddy Mackel, assistant secretary for Nipsa, who noted the proposed cuts are not acceptable.

Unless union bargaining can find a resolution between the government and workers, he noted people will be forced to "defend their jobs".

After meeting education minister John O'Dowd - Sinn Fein MLA for Upper Bann - Mr Mackel remarked: "Nipsa made it clear to the minister that to force through budget cuts of this magnitude would do significant damage to the education sector."

Mr Mackel continued by saying employees should not have to shoulder the burden of a crisis that was made by someone else.

If no agreement is forthcoming, there is a possibility union members will take to the picket line in autumn to show their dissatisfaction at the situation facing them.

Posted by David Gleck

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