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Dear Parent/Guardian - Wed 29th Nov Strike Info

Further to correspondence issued on 27 November 2023, outlining five teaching unions (INTO, NAHT, NASUWT, NEU and UTU) intention to participate in strike action on Wednesday, 29th November, the Education Authority (EA) been informed by Translink that they are expecting there will be no train or bus services – Ulsterbus, Goldliner, Metro or Glider, operating on Friday 1st December, due to Industrial action by SIPTU, GMB and UNITE unions.

In addition, the EA has been notified by UNITE the Union that members across the organisation are being called to take part in strike action on Friday 1st December in relation to a trade dispute linked to the EA Pay and Grading Review.

Details of Strike Action:

• Wednesday, 29th November 2023 (half-day strike action) from 12 midnight to 12 noon by Teaching unions INTO, NAHT, NASUWT, NEU and UTU. Fivemiletown College will be closed to all year groups with the exception of pupils in Year 11 and Year 12.

• Friday, 1st December 2023 (full day strike action) – Translink - by frontline public transport trade unions SIPTU, GMB and UNITE. This will impact pupils who travel to school via Ulsterbus - parents are encouraged to arrange alternative means of transport.

• Friday, 1st December 2023 (full day strike action) by non-teaching union UNITE. EA have advised the following:

As a result of the strike action by UNITE the Union, EA are anticipating some disruption to EA (yellow) bus services across the network on Friday 1st December. Private hire bus services and taxis will also not be impacted by the strike action. EA will publish details of services that will not operate on the EA website, but some services may be disrupted at such short notice that advance notification is not possible. We would advise parents/carers to consider potential alternative arrangements in advance and check the website regularly – updates will be posted at 5.00 pm each evening.

Some classroom assistants may also not be in attendance on this date.

Thank you for taking the time to read this correspondence.

Yours faithfully

Janice Allen


Fivemiletown College


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