Anger over one per cent pay rise as support staff ballot for strike action

Support staff Trade unions
Tens of thousands of teaching assistants and school support staff are being balloted for strike action over a proposed pay rise of just one per cent.

The ballot, of staff working in academies, including teaching assistants, follows strike action by school support staff employed in mainstream schools, in July.

The action is being called by UNISON, which claims that 90 per cent of school support staff are being offered just one per cent. An additional sum is to be paid to the lowest paid workers, to prevent them falling below the National Minimum Wage.

Last week a number of teaching assistants told SecEd why they would be voting to strike. 

One higher level teaching assistant working in an academy in the North of England said: “I have been a teaching assistant for many years but I’ve noticed that more and more is expected of us, yet we receive no recognition for our contribution in the school.

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