TEACHING assistants from Derby and County Durham will join forces on Saturday in their joint struggle against savage pay cuts.
Both Durham and Derby councils want to pay the assistants term-time only wages, meaning salary cuts of up to £5,000 a year.
The assistants have been resisting the plans with strike action, well supported by parents.
The rally at Redhills, headquarters of the Durham Miners’ Association, is intended to reinforce resistance to the cuts.
Supporters will gather in Millennium Square, Durham, at noon before marching to Redhills.
Durham teaching assistant Vicki Yarrow said: “We know negotiations are under way but we want to remind the council that we will fight on until we find a solution that doesn’t see us suffering life-changing pay cuts.”
Durham County Council has put the pay cuts on hold for negotiations to take place with public service union Unison and the Association of Teachers and Lecturers.