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Teaching unions start industrial action

Children will not be affected for now

Two teaching unions start industrial action today, in a long-running row with the Department of Education.

The National Association of Head Teachers (NAHT) and Association of School and College Leaders (ASCL) are taking action short of striking, with the National Association of Schoolmasters Union of Women Teachers (NASUWT) set to follow soon.

Education Minister Graham Cregeen says today's action won't affect childrens' education on the Island.

Mr Cregeen says his department's doors remain open at anytime for negotiations to get under way, which he's hoping can take place before union action is potentially escalated to a point where children's education would suffer.

Mr Cregeen says he's not stepping down from this position - despite the unanimous votes of no confidence in him and his department by the three unions.