Education workers strike over pay
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On 29 October thousands of people took part in a protest rally outside parliament to call for urgent action in the education sector. The demonstration was supported by EPSU affiliate the Trade Union of the National Ukrainian Academy of Science. The wide range of demands included a call for an increase in education spending to 7% of GDP, implementation of approved pay scales and an increase in the sector minimum wage and action to prevent teacher dismissals, transfer to fixed-term contracts and increases in working hours.
(September 2016) Non-teaching staff in higher education in England and Wales are being balloted for industrial action while non-teaching staff in Scottish futher educations take industrial action on 6 September. In England and Wales unions generally in higher education have rejected a 1.1% pay offer from the employers while in Scotland non-teaching staff are objecting to the flat-rate pay offer that is nearly half the level of the flat-rate pay increase awarded to teaching staff. Read more at Unison on higher education and FE in Scotland. Also at Unite.