(October 2016) Over 1000 teaching assistants, Unison members employed by Derbyshire council council in central England, took another day of strike action on 6 October in their struggle to stop the council imposing pay cuts of up to 25% (see previous issue of epsucob@NEWS). This is their fourth strike during their eighth week of action.
Teaching assistants maintain their fight against pay cuts
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(November 2016) Teaching assistants in County Durham in North-East England have taken strike action for the second time in protest at the local authority's decision to put them on term-time only contracts. This means workers facing pay cuts of up to 23%. Following the two-day action on 23 and 24 November the teaching assistants will continue their industrial action by working strictly to contract. Some teaching assistants are members of the GMB union and voted earlier to accept an offer from the employers.
(February 2017) Public services union UNISON continues to campaign against the pay cuts imposed on teaching assistants in Derby in central England. This week will see the union out on the streets every lunchtime to urge citizens and workers to sign a petition calling on the municipality to return to the negotiating table and to recognise the valuable work being done by this group of workers. The week-long action coincides with the general week of campaigning in support of trade unions organised by the TUC confederation.