Special Needs Assistants have voted overwhelmingly in favour of industrial action over the delayed publication of SNA allocations for the 2018 school year.

The delay in their publication means SNAs do not know if they have a job to return to next September, but are unable to apply for redeployment in the event that they do not.

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IMPACT, which represents almost 8,000 SNAs, says the failure to publish the allocations puts the education department in breach of agreements on job security and redeployment.

97% of members voted for industrial action.