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Translink Strike 17th - 23rd May

The Education Authority (EA) has been notified by Translink that their bus drivers who are members of the GMB and Unite trade unions have voted to take strike action in relation to 2021 pay.

This will result in all Translink bus services being withdrawn from Tuesday 17th May to Monday 23rd May 2022. Translink continue to engage with Trade Unions to try and avert this action.

Pupils who use any Translink bus service for any element of their journey are likely to be impacted and parents should make other transport arrangements for these dates.

This includes pupils who connect with Translink buses using an EA yellow bus. As EA cannot guarantee pupils could complete their journey to and from school, even if the EA yellow bus is running, parents should make alternative arrangements for the whole of their child’s journey.

Parents should follow Translink’s social media channels and website over the coming weeks and start to plan now for their alternative transport arrangements.

Translink has advised that train services will not be affected by the industrial action.

Message from the College:

'It is extremely unfortunate that this action will coincide with a busy week of public exams when schools have been working exceptionally hard all year to support pupils taking exams. It is expected that the vast majority of pupils will be able to access lifts from parents, other family members or friends in order to attend public exams. It is hoped that a resolution to the dispute can be found over the weekend and before next week. The Department of Education has been in regular contact with colleagues in the Department for Infrastructure, and have noted that Translink is attempting to negotiate an exemption for school services should the strike go ahead. The Department will continue to monitor developments over the coming days. In the meantime, we ask that you endeavour to have in place arrangements to ensure your son is present for his scheduled public examinations, from Tuesday 17 May through to and including Monday 23 May. Thank you for your continued support and we wish our students every success for the examination period ahead. If you have any further queries please do not hesitate to contact us at the College.'

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