“Negotiations to end the row could go on until midnight.”

Today marks the final day of discussions on the classroom assistants dispute and, as a previous BBC report noted, a confidentiality clause had been agreed between the sides during those talks. But the BBC are also reporting that “there appears to have been little progress in the pay and job evaluation dispute.” NIPSA meanwhile have organised meetings for their members to be held tomorrow [pdf file] to discuss any new offer.. and, no doubt, whether to resume the strike. Update The talks didn’t last until midnight, and they didn’t reach agreement. Adds Interestingly, in the updated BBC report, the Education minister, no longer “delighted”, is pointing back to the earlier offer of September 28th and the Education Boards representative has described the last two week of talks as being about explaining that offer [added link] – which wasn’t the understanding of the unions going into the talks.. That offer, btw, included an additional one-off payment rather than discussion of the points the Assembly had voted to be on the agenda..

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  • jerryp

    BBC announced breakdown of talks this evening. It will take a bit more than saccharine-soaked rhetoric from Ms.Ruane to get lift-off on this.

  • Alex S

    prediction, NIPSA are sleepwalking their members into a brick wall

  • Pete Baker


    That’s more like futuring.

    ANYhoo.. I’ve updated the original post.

  • veritas

    she will ,no doubt consult her colleagues in the politburo and take all sorts of legal advice and either promptly do feck all , or maybe she will she will get prime minister robo to ban all trade union activities and have them all sent to dundela avenue sorry i meant siberia for re-education

  • Rapunsel

    This is turning out bad for Catriona who again is trying to appear to agree with both the Unions and employers. Can’t damage her image by seeming to be harsh with the assistants but won’t make them a better offer either. My guess is that it’s worse to be seen as a not my problem ditherer than a harsh decision maker.

    Perhaps she’s banking on Unison members accepting it and then she will come out say that it’s a god and final offer and put pressure on NIPSA to accept. I’d say it’s too late for that in terms of the damage already done to her.