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Item 4: Order Paper 5-07/08 – 24 September 2007

Private Members’ Business - Motions

Motion - Classroom Assistants

That this Assembly calls upon the Minister of Education to intervene immediately in the classroom assistants’ dispute, in recognition of the vital role of classroom assistants, and to prevent disruption to children’s education.

[Mr B McCrea]
[Mr K Robinson]

The Speaker has selected the following amendment(s) for debate:

Amendment 1: Leave out all after ‘Education’ and insert:

‘to implement the recommendations put forward by the trade unions in the dispute over classroom assistants’ pay evaluation, and to liaise with the Minister of Finance and Personnel to ensure that funds are made available in order to resolve the situation and avert strike action.’

[Ms D Purvis]

Amendment 2: Leave out all after the second ‘assistants’ and insert:

‘, by convening an urgent meeting of the Department, employers and Trade Union side in the dispute, with an agenda to include (a) retention of the Special Needs Allowance; (b) retention of the 32.5 hourly pay divisor; (c) NVQ III and the job evaluation exercise; and (d) adequate pay protection arrangements, in order to prevent disruption to children’s education.’

[Rt Hon Mr J Donaldson] (R)
[Miss M McIlveen]