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Nov
2016
Friday 18th
posted by Morning Star in Britain

TEACHING assistants in Durham are to stage their second wave of strike action against a 23 per cent pay cut.

Labour-controlled Durham County Council plans to impose “term-time only” pay on 2,700 teaching assistants, which will reduce wages by up to £6,000 a year.

Public service union Unison and the Association of Teachers and Lecturers (ATL) are fighting the cuts which if imposed would see assistants — who already receive low wages — struggling to make ends meet.

Unison and ATL staged two days of strike action on November 8 and 9, with the next strikes taking place on November 23 and 24.

“There will be no end to this dispute until Durham County Council realises it can’t get away with slashing the wages of low-paid teaching assistants,” said Unison general secretary Dave Prentis.

“We know the council is under the cosh from government cuts but they have to prioritise frontline services to the public, and it doesn’t get more front-line than supporting our school-children.”

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