Glenveagh School: Strike to close Belfast special school for a week

2023-06-10 05:48:47  • 3 mins

By Robbie Meredith

BBC News NI education correspondent

A Belfast special school is set to close to pupils for a week due to strike action by the Unite union.

Glenveagh School has written to parents to tell them pupils cannot attend from 15 June until 23 June.

About 700 members of Unite who work for the Education Authority (EA) are set to strike.

They are taking action over what they said was the failure to implement a review which would have led to "significant increases" in pay.

The EA has warned schools that some buses and meals services will also be affected by the industrial action.

But as most of the classroom assistants in Glenveagh are set to strike, the school has written to parents to tell them that "because of the degree of staffing deficiency and associated risks" pupils will not be able to attend for a week.

"We understand that this is difficult for pupils and families," the letter said.

"Should the situation be resolved at any stage, we will of course immediately resume face-to-face learning."

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