AROUND 1,000 protesters marched and rallied in Durham yesterday in support of school teaching assistants striking to defend their pay.
The assistants were staging their second round of 48-hour strike action over plans by Durham County Council to enforce “term-time only” pay contracts on 2,700 teaching assistants, slashing wages by 23 per cent — up to £6,000.
Yesterday’s protest began with a demonstration outside the council’s headquarters Durham County Hall, followed by a march into Durham centre for a rally.
One striking assistant, Caroline, said: “It was a fantastic atmosphere on the picket line at County Hall.”
Another said: “Seeing the video footage of teaching assistants standing shoulder to shoulder was poignant. It really brought home the sheer number of people these changes will affect.”
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