Over 3,000 classroom assistants took strike action across Northern Ireland on Wednesday of last week to stop attacks on their pay and conditions.
Over a thousand strikers brought traffic to a standstill in Belfast city centre as they took to the streets.
This was the first strike day of escalating action. The workers, members of the Nipsa union, were set to strike for three days this week and to begin an indefinite strike next week.
For more than 12 years the classroom assistants have been trying to get their employers—the education and library boards—to re-evaluate their jobs and award a higher pay scale.
However, the real decision makers—initially direct rule ministers and now assembly members—have refused to instruct the board to act.
Strike committee member