Sinn Féin MLA Liz Kimmins has expressed her support for teachers and Health workers who have gone on strike to demand fair pay and safe conditions.
The Newry and Armagh MLA said:
“It is unacceptable that teachers and health workers have been forced into industrial action to demand fair pay and safe working conditions during a cost-of-living crisis.
“12 years of savage Tory austerity has decimated public services in the north. Teachers are under huge stress with little resources and conditions in the health service have left workers feeling unsafe due to severe workforce pressures.
“The British Government needs to end its strategy of undermining public services and get on with delivering a fair pay settlement for all public sector workers quickly.
“The Department of Education and the employing authorities need to engage meaningfully with teachers and their representative bodies to ensure a fair pay settlement can be reached.
“The DUP also needs to get back to work around the Executive table, along with other parties, so that locally elected ministers can do their best to support our children, families and teachers.”