Assistants walk out

12th October 2007 at 01:00
A strike by classroom assistants in Northern Ireland has closed 27 special schools and disrupted lessons in many mainstream schools. Around 3,000 members of Nipsa, the largest public service union, are on indefinite strike in a dispute over pay and hours. Bumper Graham, Nipsa's assistant general secretary, said an offer made by ministers was "inadequate".

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