Teachers in Northern Ireland are striking today, in the first stage of planned rolling strikes, over the freezing of their pay. Union leaders say that their pay has lost 15% of its 2010/11 value, following low pay rises and price inflation. Prices are likely to rise even higher in the next period as the pound has lost value following the 'Brexit' referendum, which voted for the UK to leave the European Union.

Although a 1% increase for 2015/16 was included in the budget for Northern Ireland it has not been paid. A spokesperson for the NASUWT said: 'It is nothing short of scandalous that (the Minister) does not think that paying teachers is important."

The teachers striking today are members of the NASUWT union. INTO, another teachers union in the province, is also balloting its members for strike action.