Special schools were worst hit by the action, last Friday, because of their reliance on classroom assistants to help teachers with educationally or physically handicapped children.
More than 10,000 school support staff in Northern Ireland staged a one-day strike over planned cut-backs and redundancies. Members of NIPSA, the province's largest public service union, Unison and the TG walked out after local education boards were asked to make savings worth pound;30 million.
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