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Nov
2016
Friday 25th
posted by Morning Star in Britain

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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